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The COVID-19 pandemic : the role of trust in the government on the intention to vaccinate against COVID-19

Völler, M. (2021) The COVID-19 pandemic : the role of trust in the government on the intention to vaccinate against COVID-19.

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Abstract:The COVID-19 pandemic represents a global health crisis, thereby causing governments worldwide to release health guidelines to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. The further development of the pandemic depends, to a great extent, on citizen’s compliance with governmental policies and their willingness to take part in vaccination campaigns. So far, little is known about the public willingness to get vaccinated. Previous studies recognised the public’s trust in government as a crucial factor of vaccine intention, but in the current pandemic, only limited data is available. Relating to the COVID-19 pandemic this paper investigates if trust in government and vaccination intention are related. Thus, a cross-sectional and survey-based design was used. Data was collected over a period of one week, with the final dataset of 205 registered cases. Participants had to answer question regarding their COVID-19 experience, vaccination intention for COVID-19 and trust in the government. The level of trust was found to be moderate in this sample, but most respondents indicated they want to get vaccinated (81.9%). The analyses revealed that a positive and significant relationship between vaccination intention and trust in government exists, which implies that individuals with lower trust were less likely to get vaccinated. Considering that only a moderate relationship has been found, future research should investigate whether other factors might mediate the relationship.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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