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Correlations in COVID-19 vaccination rates and political leaning in Pennsylvania

Cordova-Hoyos, Okxana (2022) Correlations in COVID-19 vaccination rates and political leaning in Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This article is a comparative examination of the COVID-19 vaccination rates by political party affiliation within voting districts in the state of Pennsylvania. While correlation is not causation, understanding association trends can be a crucial component in crafting and executing more efficient vaccine programs. The United States’ history of vaccine hesitancy heavily influences current policy and outcomes, including increasing polarization in political and scientific discussions. Consideration of current media and vaccination statistics demonstrates increasing vaccine hesitancy among certain political parties. As this current pandemic has highlighted, vaccine hesitancy has wide reaching effects, such as increased risky behavior, increased rates of infection and mortality, and polarizing effects within a population. This paper furthers our understanding of the role of political affiliation in exacerbating existing vaccine hesitancy as well as contributes to foundational research on how organizations can combat it.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cordova-Hoyos, Okxanaokc1@pitt.eduokc1
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGivens, Daviddlg43@pitt.edudlg43UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFrank, Linda Rosefrankie@pitt.edufrankieUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMarques, Ernestomarques@pitt.edumarquesUNSPECIFIED
Date: 12 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 32
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, vaccination distribution, vaccination hesitancy, political party, Pennsylvania, Republican, Democrat
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 17:31
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 17:31


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