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Predictors of the Willingness of Young Adults to get Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Esen, S.N. (2021) Predictors of the Willingness of Young Adults to get Vaccinated Against Covid-19.

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Abstract:Due to the severity of the Coronavirus-2019, countries hope to achieve herd immunity through vaccination, however, this can only be guaranteed if 70% or more citizens are immune. Young adults aged 18-30 are the least willing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Therefore, this study examined factors related to young adults’ Covid-19 vaccine intention, including the factors of the Secondary Risk Theory, a model based on the Protection Motivation Theory. It was further examined if the SRT offered an improved explanation of vaccine intention than the PMT. An online cross-sectional survey study was conducted. 213 participants were validated for the analysis. The results showed that Covid-19 vaccine willingness was high. The SRT offered an improved explanation of young adults’ vaccine intention than the PMT. Especially perceived secondary risk severity strongly predicted vaccine willingness. No demographic factors were significantly associated with young adults’ vaccine intention. This study suggests that greater emphasis should be put on communication about secondary risk factors of Covid-19 vaccines. While the SRT offers an improved explanation of young adults’ vaccine intention, more research is needed to confirm these findings. Nevertheless, it is suggested that the SRT may be used to explain individuals’ health protective behaviour in different contexts.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86680
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