Willingness to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine as Reported Nine Months after the Pandemic Outbreak: A Cross-National Study

Price, Daicia, Bonsaksen, Tore, Ruffolo, Mary, Leung, Janni, Thygesen, Hilde, Schoultz, Mariyana and Geirdal, Amy Ostertun (2021) Willingness to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine as Reported Nine Months after the Pandemic Outbreak: A Cross-National Study. Social Sciences, 10 (11). p. 442. ISSN 2076-0760

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Although vaccination has been identified as an effective measure of reducing the spread of COVID-19, hesitancy to obtain a vaccine for COVID-19 has been shared. The aim of this cross-national study was to examine (i) the willingness in the general population to take the COVID-19 vaccine nine months after the pandemic outbreak and (ii) the willingness to take the vaccine in relation to sociodemographic variables, whether one has experienced COVID-19 infection, concerns about health and family, and trust in the authorities’ information about the pandemic. A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect data online in Norway, the UK, the USA, and Australia. Chi-Square tests or Fisher’s Exact test were used to analyze the data. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess direct associations between the independent variables and the outcome. Within the total sample (n = 3474), living in a city, having a college education, being concerned about your own health and the health of next of kin, and trusting information provided by authorities increased the likelihood of reporting willingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Across all countries, participants who reported trust in the authorities' information about COVID-19 demonstrated a significantly higher plausibility of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coronavirus, cross-national study, pandemic, trust, vaccine
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 08:57
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 09:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47829

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