Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

May 13, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptance in California State Prisons



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  • 67% of California prison residents offered a COVID-19 vaccine (n=64,633) accepted at least one dose through March 2021. Acceptance was highest among Hispanic (73%) and white residents (72%), and lowest among Black residents (55%). Acceptance was highest among residents aged ≥65 years and those at high risk for severe COVID-19 (>80%) and lowest among those aged 18-39 years at low risk for severe COVID-19 (<65%). Acceptance was similar between those with and without history of COVID-19. Forty-six percent (901 of 1,962) of residents who initially declined and were subsequently reoffered vaccination accepted at least one dose.

Chin et al. (May 12, 2021). Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptance in California State Prisons. New England Journal of Medicine.