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dc.contributor.authorEbrahimi, Omid Vakili
dc.contributor.authorSinkerud Johnson, Miriam
dc.contributor.authorEbling, Sara
dc.contributor.authorAmundsen, Ole Myklebust
dc.contributor.authorHalsøy, Øyvind
dc.contributor.authorHoffart, Asle
dc.contributor.authorSkjerdingstad, Nora
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Sverre Urnes
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers In Public Health. 2021, 9 .en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: The pace at which the present pandemic and future public health crises involving viral infections are eradicated heavily depends on the availability and routine implementation of vaccines. This process is further affected by a willingness to vaccinate, embedded in the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy. The World Health Organization has listed vaccine hesitancy among the greatest threats to global health, calling for research to identify the factors associated with this phenomenon. Methods: The present cross-sectional study seeks to investigate the psychological, contextual, and sociodemographic factors associated with vaccination hesitancy in a large sample of the adult population. 4,571 Norwegian adults were recruited through an online survey between January 23 to February 2, 2021. Subgroup analyzes and multiple logistic regression was utilized to identify the covariates of vaccine hesitancy. Results: Several subgroups hesitant toward vaccination were identified, including males, rural residents, and parents with children below 18 years of age. No differences were found between natives and non-natives, across education or age groups. Individuals preferring unmonitored media platforms (e.g., information from peers, social media, online forums, and blogs) more frequently reported hesitance toward vaccination than those relying on information obtainment from source-verified platforms. Perceived risk of vaccination, belief in the superiority of natural immunity, fear concerning significant others being infected by the virus, and trust in health officials’ dissemination of vaccine-related information were identified as key variables related to vaccine hesitancy. Conclusion: Given the heterogeneous range of variables associated with vaccine hesitancy, additional strategies to eradicate vaccination fears are called for aside from campaigns targeting the spread of false information. Responding to affective reactions in addition to involving other community leaders besides government and health officials present promising approaches that may aid in combating vaccination hesitation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis paper is a collaborative effort by the COPE (Complexity in treatment Outcome, Psychopathology and Epidemiology) Research Team. The authors are employed by the University of Oslo, University of Bergen, and Modum Bad Psychiatric Hospital.en_US
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFrontiers In Public Health;July 2021 | Volume 9 | Article 700213
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectVaccine hesitancyen_US
dc.subjectGeneral adult populationsen_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19 pandemicen_US
dc.subjectInformation platformsen_US
dc.subjectErroneous beliefsen_US
dc.subjectPsychological predictorsen_US
dc.titleRisk, Trust, and Flawed Assumptions: Vaccine Hesitancy During the COVID-19 Pandemicen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2021 Ebrahimi, Johnson, Ebling, Amundsen, Halsøy, Hoffart, Skjerdingstad and Johnsonen_US
dc.source.journalFrontiers In Public Healthen_US

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