Hope as a predictor for COVID-19 vaccine uptake

Yael Mayer, Shir Etgar, Noga Shiffman, Yuval Bloch, Shlomo Mendlovic, Ido Lurie

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Abstract

The worldwide effort to recover from the COVID-19 crisis is now at its pinnacle with the putative vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. To reach herd immunity, it has become an urgent global need to understand the emotional factors that drive people’s choice to get vaccinated. Therefore, this exploratory study examined emotional motivations as predictors of the decision to receive the vaccine. The sample (N = 627) included adult (18+) participants in Israel who were recruited by a snowball sampling. The participants filled out an online survey when the vaccines have become widely available in Israel. Within the entire sample, as well as among people who did not receive the vaccine yet, hope was the only factor that was associated with their willingness to be vaccinated; higher levels of hope were related to willingness to be vaccinated. The results of the study indicate that hope is an important factor related to motivation to receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4941-4945
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work had no funding source.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • fear of COVID-19
  • healthcare workers
  • hope
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

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