According to a study from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, nearly half of surveyed construction workers said they would probably or definitely not get vaccinated if offered. It puts construction workers at the top of the list for occupations least likely to get vaccinated. Of those surveyed and employed in the construction/extraction occupation category, 46.4% said they would not get vaccinated and 42.6% of those in the installation/repair/maintenance categories responded the same. The study did find an increase in acceptance of the vaccine overall thanks to the progression of the vaccine rollout.
The resistance still concerns medical experts, and the need for more willing vaccine participants is paramount to reaching normalcy, Wendy C. King, associate professor of epidemiology for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, said in a release.
"Vaccine hesitancy is emerging as a key barrier to ending the COVID-19 pandemic," King, who was also the lead author of the study, said. "Identifying occupations with a high rate of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and understanding the reasons for hesitancy can help public health practitioners and the health care community target interventions and address concerns to hopefully increase vaccination rates."