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Advisory Committee Chair

Kimberly Martin

Advisory Committee Members

Henna Budhwani

Suzanne Judd

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Science (MS) School of Public Health


The use of vaccinations has been shown to be beneficial in pandemics in the past, and in some cases, it has led to elimination of a particular disease (i.e. polio). The COVID-19 vaccination can also serve the same purpose, however, vaccine hesitancy within specific regions of the country may prevent and/or dilute the effectiveness of the vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy can be defined as a delay in acceptance, or refusal despite the availability of vaccine services. Southern regions have consistently had the lower vaccination rates compared to its other regional counterparts, even as the pandemic progressed and death rates increased over time. Therefore, this study will explore reasons for vaccine hesitancy in the South compared to other regions and its association with reported positive COVID-19 cases within the United States.

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