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Getting vaccinated or not : the role of risk perception on the intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Terbeck, C. (2021) Getting vaccinated or not : the role of risk perception on the intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Abstract:In 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus was declared a pandemic. Its progression is linked to vaccine uptake. Research has identified risk perception as an important determinant in vaccine intention, but data on the willingness to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is scarce and contradictory. The study examined if there is a relationship between risk perception and vaccine intention among a German sample and if a previous corona infection influences the perceived probability and perceived severity of COVID-19. An online-survey was employed that the respondents could fill out during one week in April 2021. Regression analyses were conducted to investigate if a previous infection influences risk perception and if risk perception influences vaccine intention. A previous COVID-19 infection influences the perceived probability of getting infected but not the perceived severity of COVID-19. Perceived severity was found to be a significant predictor of vaccine intention, whereas perceived probability of getting infected did not have any influence on vaccine intention. The results demonstrate the importance of assessing the two constructs of risk perception (perceived probability and perceived severity) independently. The regression analyses showed only weak correlations, indicating that other variables than the perceived risk of COVID-19 influence vaccine intention better.
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/87435
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