Improving older adults' vaccination uptake: are existing measures of vaccine hesitancy valid and reliable for older people?

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Abstract

We sought to establish whether two recently developed measures, the 5C scale and the Vaccination Attitudes Examination (VAX) were reliable and valid for use with older adults. A total of 372 UK-dwelling participants (65–92 years, M = 70.5 years, SD = 4.6) completed a cross-sectional survey measuring health and socio-demographic characteristics in relation to vaccine uptake for influenza, pneumococcal and shingles. The 5C and VAX scales were administered to test their reliability, validity and dimensionality. Both scales showed good internal reliability and convergent, discriminant and concurrent validity. Their factor structures were also confirmed, supporting their use with older adult populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date11 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • vaccine hesitancy
  • psychometrics
  • older adults

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