SCAN Considers Caregiver Hesitancy in Vaccine Efforts

As supply and scheduling issues have created slowdowns in COVID-19 vaccinations across the country, Medicare Advantage insurers are naturally concerned about their vulnerable senior members and are taking part in numerous partnerships to reach members and the broader community. But a new survey from SCAN Health Plan suggested another cause for concern: the hesitancy of senior caregivers to receive and/or take their seniors get a vaccine, which was especially evident in communities of color.

In a survey of 1,000 individuals who provide care for a family member older than 65, the Long Beach, Calif.-based MA insurer found that 71% have safety doubts about the COVID-19 vaccines that have been granted Emergency Use Authorization. Moreover, 31% of family caregivers who live in rural communities said they won’t take their older adult for the COVID-19 vaccine — nearly double the refusal rate of urban and suburban caregivers (16%).

© 2021 MMIT

AIS Health Staff

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