Among occupations, construction workers were found to be the most hesitant to be vaccinated, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University.
The study was conducted between January and March 2021 and found that 46.4% of those employed in construction/extraction responded that they “probably or definitely” would not choose to get vaccinated if offered a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Among those employed in installation/maintenance/repair, 42.6% responded they “probably or definitely” would not choose to receive the vaccine.
One prominent reason cited for the hesitancy by participants in the study was concern about side effects, and over a third of “hesitant” participants in the study responded that they believed they did not need the vaccine, didn’t trust the government, were waiting to see if it was safe, and didn’t trust COVID-19 vaccines.
All participants in the survey were 18–64 years old. Overall vaccine hesitancy among all occupations decreased from 27.5% in January to 22.1% in March.