Natalie Machargo Carlo and Camelia Del Valle Torres

UCC COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico

This study aims to identify sociodemographic factors, as well as correlations between determining factors that may impact the acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine among Hispanic pregnant women living in Puerto Rico. Such factors can provide valuable information that targets the most prevalent worries among this population, regarding the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. This can allow for a better physician-patient conversation when talking and educating about the vaccine administration; one focused on the most common worries and hesitancy factors that are of prevalence for the Hispanic pregnant women population. The methodology is based on a three-part survey that includes the following: demographic and socioeconomic factors, past obstetric history, and attitudes and beliefs on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. 100 Hispanic women, who were (or are) pregnant at the time the vaccine was accessible to them, completed the survey. Our hypothesis stated that if pregnant women used unreliable sources to decide whether to accept or refuse the vaccine, then the chances of receiving the vaccine would decrease. As a result, the majority (40%) of women used as a primary source of information the opinion of their primary doctor or OB/GYN. Likewise, 58% of the women’s primary doctor or OB/GYN had recommended receiving the vaccine administration. Only 12.1% said they used social media as a primary source of information, and 29.3% used informative articles (from sources such as CDC, or ACOG’s). According to these data, it’s crucial to recognize the importance of a doctor’s communication with their patients.

We’d like to give a profound acknowledgement to Dr. Salgado and the VITA Healthcare Inc. clinic for providing the necessary tools to complete the recruitment process.

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