Sumary of Study finds COVID vaccination rates differ by occupation:
- While COVID-19 vaccines are available to all adults in England, new research suggests a disproportionate number of people who have not gotten the vaccine work in public-facing jobs.
- In addition, people who work from home were more likely to be vaccinated, suggesting ‘work from policies’ are limited in their effectiveness in preventing hospitalizations and COVID-19 deaths.
- Increasing vaccination coverage would help in curbing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and protect the public from infection.
- Led by Martie Van Tongeren of the University of Manchester, the team proposes implanting policies or strategies that give people who cannot work from home the opportunity to get vaccinated.
- The study “Differences in COVID-19 vaccination coverage by occupation in England: a national linked data study” was recently published on the medRxiv* preprint server.
- How they did it Access to vaccination data was made possible through the NHS England’s National Immunisation Management System and the Office for National Statistics Heal Data Asset which contained data on population number, mortality rates, and more.
- About 51.4% of adults were female, and 21.5% had comorbidity that placed them at high risk for severe COVID-19 infection.
- Association between vaccination rates and ability to work from home at unit group level About 90.8% of people in administrative or secretarial occupations were vaccinated, followed by people in professional occupations (90.7%), and managers, directors, and people in senior positions (90.6%).