This study assesses COVID-19 vaccine intentions among a sample of Syrian refugees at or over 50 years of age, who are beneficiaries of a humanitarian organisation in Lebanon, and explores factors associated with vaccine refusal. The findings are part of an ongoing rotating 4-wave panel study. The sample was limited to participants from the first panel who completed a phone interview between January-February, 2021. Out 1,037 beneficiaries, almost a third reported no intention to vaccinate. Reasons for refusal were: newness of the vaccine (35%); preference to maintain precaution measures (21%); belief that COVID-19 vaccine is not essential (21%); and other reasons (23%). COVID-19 vaccine refusal was significantly associated with perceptions regarding vaccine safety and effectiveness but did not differ by age, presence of chronic conditions, self-reported adherence to COVID-19 measures, and perceptions of susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. Addressing vaccine hesitancy among Syrian refugees in Lebanon necessitates disseminating accurate, accessible, and culturally appropriate information about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
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