The experience of traumatic events, psychological distress, and social support: links to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and trends with age in a group of older Australians.

Publication date: Mar 31, 2024

Vaccination is important to reduce disease-associated morbidity and mortality in an ageing global population. While older adults are more likely than younger adults to accept vaccines, some remain hesitant. We sought to understand how traumatic events, psychological distress and social support contribute to older adults’ intention to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and whether these experiences change with age. We analysed survey data collected as part of the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study in a population of Australian adults aged 60 years and over. Data were derived from the COVID Insights study; a series of supplementary surveys about how participants experienced the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher intention to receive a COVID-19 vaccine was associated with greater social support (adjusted odds ratio (aOR):1. 08; 95%CI:1. 06-1. 11; p 

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Concepts Keywords
Australians Australian survey
Covid COVID-19 vaccination
Sax Older adults
Traumatic Psychological distress
Vaccination Social support
Traumatic life events
Vaccine hesitancy


Type Source Name
disease MESH psychological distress
disease VO COVID-19 vaccine
disease VO vaccination
disease MESH morbidity
disease VO population
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
pathway REACTOME Reproduction
disease MESH Infectious Diseases
disease VO vaccine

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