Author ORCID Identifier
Olagoke - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0271-4069
Hughes - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1431-3396
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
The main objective of this study was to examine the association between COVID-19 information search activities and vaccination intention.
Cross-sectional data were collected using online surveys. Independent variables included COVID-19 information search on the (1) science of viral effects of COVID-19 on the body, (2) origin of COVID-19, (3) symptoms and outcomes, (4) transmission and prevention, (5) future outbreak, and (6) policies/procedures to follow. The outcome variable was vaccination intention. A multivariable regression analysis was conducted.
Participants (N = 501) had a mean age of 32.44 ± 11.94 years, were 55.3% female, and 67.9% were white. Most COVID-19 information searches were on symptoms and outcomes (77.7%) and policies/procedures to follow (69.9%). Intention to vaccinate against COVID-19 was higher among participants who searched for information on the science of viral effects of COVID-19 on the body (β = 0.23, 95% CI: 0.03-0.43; P = 0.03) and policies/procedures to follow (β = 0.24, 95% CI: 0.03-0.41; P = 0.02).
People who searched for information about (1) the science of viral effects of COVID-19 and (2) policies/procedures recommendations also reported higher vaccination intention. Risk communication seeking to increase vaccination should meet the consumers’ information demand by prioritizing the scientific rationale for COVID-19 vaccination and by clarifying what policies/procedures are recommended.
Olagoke AA, Floyd B, Adebayo CT, Owoyemi A, Hughes AM. The content of COVID-19 information searches and vaccination intention: An implication for risk communication. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/ dmp.2022.257.
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