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Research Brief


University of Montana Rural Institute

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health


There is a lack of foucs on how people with disabilities are experiencing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Addressing this knowledge gap is critical to ensuring that people with disabilities are considered as vaccination efforts progress during the ongoing pandemic and future health crises. Overall, 19% of our sample of people with disabilities reported already being vaccinated, 56% wanted to get vaccinated, 10% were unsure, and 15% did not want to be vaccinated. Rural residents with disabilities reported higher rates of current vaccination, but higher rates of overall hesitancy, and more barriers to vaccination than urban residents with disabilities. Political party affiliation was a significant factor, with more Republicans and Independents expressing vaccine hesitancy than Democrats among those surveyed. Among those who were hesitant, 65% indicated that more evidence of vaccine safety would influence them to choose to be vaccinated.


health and wellness, rural, disability


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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)


The contents of this fact sheet were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0002-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this fact sheet do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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