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Sherman 2020fFirst Published: 2021 Jul 21Updated Date: 2021 Jul 21

Intention to have the seasonal influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic among eligible adults in the UK (preprint)

  1. Study Type
  2. Observational
  1. Study Aim
  2. Other
  3. Health Services Research
  1. Study Design
  2. Cross-sectional
  1. Intervention Assignment
  2. Not Applicable
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Intention to have the seasonal influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic among eligible adults in the UK (preprint)

Sherman SM, Sim J, Amlot R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin GJ, Sevdalis N, Smith LE
Unpublished article (preprint)
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We investigated likelihood of having the seasonal influenza vaccination in 645 participants who were eligible for the vaccination in the UK. 55.8% indicated they were likely to have the vaccination. Previous research suggests that increasing uptake of the influenza vaccination may help contain a COVID-19 outbreak, so steps need to be taken to convert intention into behaviour and to reach the 23.9% who were unlikely to have the vaccination and the 20.3% who were unsure.Competing Interest StatementNS is the director of the London Safety and Training Solutions Ltd, which offers training in patient safety, implementation solutions and human factors to healthcare organisations. The other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.Funding StatementData collection was funded by a Keele University Faculty of Natural Sciences Research Development award to SS, JS and NS, and a Kings Together Rapid COVID-19 award granted jointly to LS, GJR, RA, NS, SS and JS. LS, RA and GJR are supported by the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Emergency Preparedness and Response, a partnership between Public Health England, Kings College London and the University of East Anglia. NS research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. NS is a member of Kings Improvement Science, which offers co-funding to the NIHR ARC South London and comprises a specialist team of improvement scientists and senior researchers based at Kings College London. Its work is funded by Kings Health Partners (Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), Guys and St Thomas Charity and the Maudsley Charity. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR, the charities, Public Health England or the Department of Health and Social Care.Author DeclarationsI confirm all relevant ethical guidelines have been followed, and any necessary IRB and/or ethics committee approvals have been obtained.YesThe details of the IRB/oversight body that provided approval or exemption for the research described are given below:Ethical approval for this study was granted by Keele Universitys Research Ethics Committee (reference PS-200129).All necessary patient/participant consent has been obtained and the appropriate institutional forms have been archived.YesI understand that all clinical trials and any other prospective interventional studies must be registered with an ICMJE-approved registry, such as ClinicalTrials.gov. I confirm that any such study reported in the manuscript has been registered and the trial registration ID is provided (note: if posting a prospective study registered retrospectively, please provide a statement in the trial ID field explaining why the study was not registered in advance).Yes I have followed all appropriate research reporting guidelines and uploaded the relevant EQUATOR Network research reporting checklist(s) and other pertinent material as supplementary files, if applicable.YesThe link provided is a read-only link. On acceptance this will be updated to a fully accessible link to the data.https://osf.io/94856/?view_only=c85fd2666a204c67b2c41f0ded105ec2
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Intention to have the seasonal influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic among eligible adults in the UK: a cross-sectional survey

Sherman SM, Sim J, Amlot R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin GJ, Sevdalis N, Smith LE
Journal article
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the likelihood of having the seasonal influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic in individuals who were eligible to receive it. DESIGN: We conducted a cross-sectional online survey in July 2020. We included predictors informed by previous research, in the following categories: sociodemographic variables; uptake of influenza vaccine last winter and beliefs about vaccination. PARTICIPANTS: 570 participants (mean age: 53.07; 56.3% female, 87.0% white) who were eligible for the free seasonal influenza vaccination in the UK. RESULTS: 59.7% of our sample indicated they were likely to have the seasonal influenza vaccination, 22.1% reported being unlikely to have the vaccination and 18.2% were unsure. We used logistic regression to investigate variables associated with intention to receive a seasonal influenza vaccine in the 2020-2021 season. A positive attitude to vaccination in general predicted intention to have the influenza vaccine in 2020-2021 (OR 1.45, 95% CI 1.19 to 1.77, p<0.001) but the strongest predictor of intention was previous influenza vaccination behaviour (OR 278.58, 95% CI 78.04 to 994.46, p<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Previous research suggests that increasing uptake of the influenza vaccination may help contain a COVID-19 outbreak, so steps need to be taken to convert intention into behaviour and to reach those individuals who reported being unlikely or unsure about having the vaccine