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Are “Trust in the COVID-19 Vaccine” and “Trust in the different Companies” Predictors of German Citizens’ Willingness to get Vaccinated against COVID-19?

Sprekelmeyer, Lara (2021) Are “Trust in the COVID-19 Vaccine” and “Trust in the different Companies” Predictors of German Citizens’ Willingness to get Vaccinated against COVID-19?

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Abstract:The COVID-19 disease is a new and dangerous threat to the health of everyone. To maximize the number of people vaccinated, it is important to understand why people do not want to get vaccinated. For this study, data from German citizens (N= 195) was collected about their willingness to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and its relationship to two possible predictors called “trust in vaccine” and “trust in companies” that produce a COVID-19 vaccine. A surprising finding was that the vaccine willingness (82.6%) was higher than in comparison to other studies. Furthermore, the study revealed that peoples’ trust in the vaccine itself as well as the trust in the companies that produce the vaccines are significant predictors of citizens’ willingness to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Regarding the specific companies, Germans trusted the company BioNTech most followed by Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. Additionally, all companies differ significantly from each other regarding their trust rates except the companies AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson by which no difference could be detected. Based on these findings, it is now crucial to enhance peoples’ trust in the vaccine and further investigate the imbalance of trust in the different companies.
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/87530
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