This study investigates how and why African American parents’ faith in medical authority affects their child’s acceptance of the HPV vaccination. According to a study of African American parents recruited through community venues, poor confidence in health information from government health organisations was related to fewer favourable opinions and intentions for vaccinating their kids against HPV. Vaccine acceptance was not predicted by trust in health information provided by a doctor or other health care expert.
The connection between the confidence in health information from government health organisations and vaccination uptake was partially mediated by perceived vaccine effectiveness, according to mediation studies. The findings’ implications for disseminating the HPV vaccination to the African American population are explored.