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Authors: Schäfer, Markus
Stark, Birgit
Werner, Antonia M.
Mülder, Lina M.
Heller, Sebastian
Reichel, Jennifer L.
Schwab, Lisa
Rigotti, Thomas
Beutel, Manfred E.
Simon, Perikles
Letzel, Stephan
Dietz, Pavel
Title: Determinants of university students’ COVID‑19 vaccination intentions and behavior
Online publication date: 19-Apr-2023
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: Vaccination hesitancy has been a major challenge for health authorities and societies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The general determinants of vaccination intentions and behavior include sociodemographic and health-related, psychological, and communication-related factors, with varying relevance for different types of vaccinations, countries, and target groups. The predictors of university students’ COVID-19 vaccination behavior have not been sufficiently studied. Using a German university as an example and based on an online survey of 1398 university students, we investigated factors related to (a) the likelihood of vaccination against COVID-19 and (b) vaccination intention among those who had not been vaccinated by summer of 2021. Psychological factors showed high relevance. Field of study, trust in, and use of certain media and information channels were found to be important determinants of students’ vaccination decision. Our findings can help better understand university students’ vaccination behavior to develop and implement tailored strategies and campaigns.
DDC: 070 Nachrichtenmedien
070 News media
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Scientific reports
Pages or article number: 18067
Publisher: Springer Nature
Publisher place: London
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 2045-2322
Publisher DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-23044-9
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