Duke Kannapolis COVID-19 Study Illuminates Factors Surrounding Vaccination

Analysis of a COVID-19 research study based at CTSI’s Duke Kannapolis site found that education level, household income, and baseline intention were associated with longer times to vaccination, and the most common reasons for not being vaccinated were safety concerns, side effects, and vaccine effectiveness.

A group of authors from departments and centers across the Duke University School of Medicine and led by L. Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, and Christopher W. Woods, MD, wrote the article published Oct. 26 by Vaccines in the special issue “Vaccination Intention against the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The article details research done as a part of the MURDOCK Cabarrus County COVID-19 Prevalence and Immunity (C3PI) Study. A community-based COVID-19 surveillance project sponsored by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the C3PI study followed 1,426 participants for 17 months during the height of the pandemic.

The manuscript, titled “Factors Associated with COVID-19 Vaccination Promptness after Eligibility in a North Carolina Longitudinal Cohort Study,” includes analysis of factors associated with COVID-19 vaccination promptness, as well as the effect of vaccination intention. Faculty from the Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development performed the analysis.

The C3PI project recruited and enrolled participants from the MURDOCK Study, a 12,526-participant community-based longitudinal cohort centered in Kannapolis and supported by Duke’s CTSA grant (UL1TR002553).