Exploring Psychological Factors for COVID-19 Vaccination Intention in Taiwan

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Abstract

To underpin the psychological factors for vaccination intention, we explored the variables related to positive and negative attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination in Taiwan. The data were collected via an online survey platform with a sample size of 1100 in April 2021. We found that people’s interpretations of the origin of the virus were relevant. People who tended to believe that the virus was artificially created felt powerless and were more concerned about the possible side-effects of the vaccines, which was negatively associated with their vaccination intention. The source of vaccine recommendation was found to be relevant to vaccination intention. People’s vaccination intention was highest if the vaccines were recommended by health professionals, followed by friends and the government, and then mainstream media and social media. The analysis of the demographic variables showed that men tended to be more receptive to vaccines than women. Our findings should provide insights into developing communication strategies to effectively promote vaccination intentions.
Original languageAmerican English
Article number764
JournalVaccines
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19s
  • vaccination intention
  • conspiracy theories
  • mental models
  • powerlessness

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