University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

A Single Wisconsin High School Students’ Projected Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines at the Onset of Its Emergency Use Authorization

Krish Vasudev, Lyle DP Mondano, Ainsley Regner

WMJ. 2024;123(2):127-130

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Introduction: This study assessed high-school students’ anticipated COVID-19 vaccine uptake following the US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization – before its availability to adolescents – and compared it to current national vaccination rates in similar age groups.

Methods: A web-based survey was conducted in January 2021. Data were analyzed using SurveyMonkey and SPSS. Predictors of vaccine willingness were explored.

Results: One hundred twenty of 407 students responded, with 70% indicating willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a 72.2% uptake among the 12- to 17-year age group. Students with a general belief in vaccinations and those who self-identified as liberal were more willing to receive the vaccine.

Discussion/Conclusions: High school students exhibited positive attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines, with acceptance influenced by general vaccine beliefs, political affiliation, and projected uptake rates aligned with national data.

Author Affiliations: University School of Milwaukee, Upper School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Vasudev, Mondano); Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (Regner).
Corresponding Author: Krish Vasudev, email; ORCID ID 0000-0001-8717-3737
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
Acknowledgments: The authors would like to thank the University School of Milwaukee; Robert Juranitch; John Meurer, MD; Jessica Olson, PhD, MPH; Daisy Sahoo, PhD; Keith Bankert; and Mahua Dasgupta, MS, for their invaluable guidance, input, and support of this study.
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