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COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Construction Workers

9 pagesPublished: May 15, 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all industries, including the construction industry. In addition to being a hazard-prone environment, construction also has the highest number of occupational fatalities. Construction workers have been affected more severely by this disease than the general public. The availability of vaccines has fueled optimism, with vaccination considered the safest and most effective method of protecting against COVID-19. However, vaccinating the workforce to achieve herd immunity has been difficult as the acceptance rate appears to be a significant hurdle. The purpose of this study is to assess construction workers' acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine after it became widely available. A two-step research methodology was used in this research that included: 1) a comprehensive literature review looked at COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. and construction workers' unwillingness to get vaccinated and 2) a qualitative questionnaire survey to assess worker acceptance. Results showed 43% of construction workers have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, while 41% refused the vaccine. To increase vaccination acceptance among construction workers, construction stakeholders should supply safety training and improve the safety culture within their organizations.

Keyphrases: Construction Industry, COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccine, Hazard Pandemic

In: Tom Leathem, Wesley Collins and Anthony J. Perrenoud (editors). ASC2022. 58th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference, vol 3, pages 56--64

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Fahim Ridwan Nabil and Mostafa Namian Ph.D. and Jerry Shukes and David L. Batie Ph.D. and M. K. S. Al-Mhdawi},
  title     = {COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Construction Workers},
  booktitle = {ASC2022. 58th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference},
  editor    = {Tom Leathem and Wes Collins and Anthony Perrenoud},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Built Environment},
  volume    = {3},
  pages     = {56--64},
  year      = {2022},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2632-881X},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/qg52}}
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