Taking a COVID-19 Vaccine or Not? Do Trust in Government and Trust in Experts Help us to Understand Vaccination Intention?

Jan Wynen*, Sophie Op de Beeck, Koen Verhoest, Monika Glavina, Frédérique Six, Pierre Van Damme, Phillipe Beutels, Greet Hendrickx, Koen Pepermans

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Abstract

Governments worldwide are relying on the COVID-19 vaccines as the solution for ending the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting crisis. Although scientific progress in the development of a vaccine has been astonishing, policymakers are facing an extra hurdle as increasingly more people appear to be hesitant in their intention to take such a vaccine. Based on a large Corona survey in Belgium, this study aims to explain the vaccination intention by linking it to trust in government and experts, while accounting for individuals’ risk perceptions and prosocialness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1875-1901
Number of pages27
JournalAdministration and Society
Volume54
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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Funding Information:
The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The paper has also benefited from the funding of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (Grant G0G1920N, 2020 and FN7010, 2019) and the BOF/COVID project on ‘Trust, legitimacy and intended compliance with COVID-19 exit strategy measures’ (project number FFB200181-42817). The ‘Grote Corona-studie’ is supported by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). This article has benefited from the interaction within the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence (University of Antwerp, Belgium). See https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/projecten/coronastudie/ .

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