Do conspiracy theory and mistrust undermine people's intention to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Austria?

Knobel P, Zhao X, White KM

J Community Psychol - (-) - [2021-09-22; online 2021-09-22]

Conspiracy theories flourish during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic especially regarding vaccinations. As the vaccination reluctancy in Austria is high, it is important to understand the antecedents of vaccination intention at the preapproval stage of the vaccination process. An online survey was conducted in August 2020 in Austria with 217 primarily younger, female, educated participants. A two-step cluster analysis resulted in a sceptics cluster with a clear antivaccination tendency along with a right-wing political position, lower trust in general vaccines and lower education levels and the reference cluster. A considerable percentage of participants reported their reluctancy to have a COVID-19 vaccine. Although vaccination intention can be explained by attitude and subjective norm, this decision-making process is undermined by underlying factors such as conspiracy ideation and political position. Policy makers and health interventionists should take political background into consideration in efforts to increase vaccine compliance.

Category: Other

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34551127

DOI 10.1002/jcop.22714

Crossref 10.1002/jcop.22714

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