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Citizens from 13 countries share similar preferences for COVID-19 vaccine allocation priorities

Ducha, Raymond and Roopea, Laurence S J and Violatoa, Mara and Fuentes Becerrab, Matias and Robinson, Thomas S and Bonnefon, Jean-Francois and Friedman, Jorge and Loewen, Peter and Mamidi, Pavan and Melegaro, Alessia and Blanco, Mariana and Vargas, Juan and Seither, Julia and Candio, Paolo and Gibertoni Cruz, Ana and Hua, Xinyang and Barnett, Adrian and Clarke, Philip M (2021) 'Citizens from 13 countries share similar preferences for COVID-19 vaccine allocation priorities.', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America., 118 (38). e2026382118.

Abstract

How does the public want a COVID-19 vaccine to be allocated? We conducted a conjoint experiment asking 15,536 adults in 13 countries to evaluate 248,576 profiles of potential vaccine recipients that varied randomly on five attributes. Our sample includes diverse countries from all continents. The results suggest that in addition to giving priority to health workers and to those at high risk, the public favours giving priority to a broad range of key workers and to those on lower income. These preferences are similar across respondents of different education levels, incomes, and political ideologies, as well as across most surveyed countries. The public favoured COVID-19 vaccines being allocated solely via government programs, but were highly polarized in some developed countries on whether taking a vaccine should be mandatory. There is a consensus among the public on many aspects of COVID-19 vaccination which needs to be taken into account when developing and communicating roll-out strategies.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2026382118
Publisher statement:This open access article is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivatives License 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND).
Date accepted:06 August 2021
Date deposited:09 September 2021
Date of first online publication:15 September 2021
Date first made open access:20 December 2021

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