Vaccine Hesitancy Among Students: Case Studies from The University of Bordeaux
Within the Healthy Team of the Bordeaux Population Health research center of the University of Bordeaux, a series of case studies are conducted on vaccine hesitancy among French students. The first study is based on the i-Share cohort, the largest cohort in the world on French students’ health and well-being (more than 20,000 participants). It explores the association between health-related information seeking online and HPV vaccine uptake in female students. The objective is to assess whether using the Internet to navigate health-related information impact the process of decision-making increasing the chance of getting vaccinated. Descriptive statistics and logistic models are used to analyze the data from the i-Share questionnaire. This study is a collaboration between the University of Bordeaux and the University of Cadiz through a short stay in Bordeaux of the PhD student Víctor Suárez-Lledó.
The second study is based on the CONFINS cohort, which is an online cohort exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdowns on the mental health and well-being of the French population (more than 2,500 participants). This study presents the attitudes/opinions/knowledge of participants towards vaccination, in general and with particular reference to Covid-19 vaccines. The objective is to detect differences between the general population and students taking sex into account. Descriptive statistics and logistic models are used to analyze the data issued from the CONFINS online questionnaire. This study is conducted with the support of the biostatistician Aude Pouymayou.
The third study is a mixed-methods analysis of the opinions and attitudes of students concerning Covid-19 vaccination (200 questionnaires and 30 semi-structured interviews). A questionnaire is distributed to students in vaccination services at the Student Health Center at the University of Bordeaux. Questions include items on hesitancy and decisions to finally get vaccinated. Opinions about the Green Pass and Covid-19 vaccination are further explored through short semi-structured interviews. Interns Quentin Chamon and Kyllian Govindin Ramassamy are involved in the study.
Finally, the fourth study is a qualitative study conducted in Bordeaux, Cyprus, London and Cadiz. A sample of students is interviewed on the way they look for information about vaccination, with a focus on sources and trust.
Led by: Ilaria Montagni, Bordeaux Population Health