COVID-19 vaccine rates are lower among adults with vision or hearing disabilities compared with adults without disabilities, according to a study published online in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Researchers Kea Turner, Ph.D., and colleagues from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, calculated the prevalence and contributing factors of COVID-19 immunization among adults in the United States with visual or hearing impairments.
916,085 adults from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey were included in the research (April 2021 through March 2022).
In comparison to those with little to no vision impairment, the researchers discovered that adults with severe visual impairment and blindness had decreased vaccination rates. Similar to this, adults with severe hearing loss and deafness were less likely to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations than adults with little to no hearing loss.
Compared to people with little to no vision or hearing impairment, adults with blindness or deafness were less likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an adjusted analysis.
"The findings suggest that, compared with adults without vision or hearing impairment, COVID-19 vaccination rates were lower among adults with vision or hearing disabilities, and additional research may be needed to monitor COVID-19 vaccination disparities among this population," the authors concluded.