Eighty percent of students have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 42% are fully vaccinated, according to a recent survey conducted by The Setonian.
The survey received 208 responses collected between April 28 and May 5. It marks an increase in vaccination rate from an April survey conducted by the University's Health Intervention Communication Team (HICT), which showed that 62% of students received at least one dose and 36% were fully vaccinated.
The Setonian's survey showed an apparent increase in vaccinations from the HICT's survey in April.
The data comes as Seton Hall saw its first week of the academic year without any coronavirus cases since mid-September, before regular surveillance testing was implemented.
Four percent of students surveyed have not yet been vaccinated, but said they “definitely will” as soon as a vaccine is available to them.
The data suggests that the majority of students who want to get vaccinated have been able to book appointments.
More than 15% of respondents said they might not get the vaccine, with answers varying from “probably will” to “definitely will not” get vaccinated.
Nearly 12% said they probably or definitely will not get the vaccine.
Thirty-two percent of those who said they may not get the vaccine said they were “worried about the risks”’; 24% said they “do not trust” the vaccine and 12% said they have “ethical concerns” with the vaccine.
Others said they don’t see the need because they’ve already had COVID-19 (9.3%), that they’d rather have COVID-19 (6.7%) or that they “don’t feel like making an appointment” (2.7%).
The majority of students supported a theoretical measure by the University requiring students to get vaccinated, with 68% of respondents supporting mandatory vaccination. 20.2% said they did not support a vaccine requirement, and a further 10.1% said they were uncertain.
Among those who said they did not want a vaccine, 58% said they would not get vaccinated even if it was required to return to campus.
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