Prosociality and Social Responsibility were Associated with Intention of COVID-19 Vaccination among University Students in China
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AbstractBackground
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination is expected to end the pandemic; a high coverage rate is required to meet this end. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of behavioral intention of free/self-paid COVID-19 vaccination and its associations with prosociality and social responsibility among university students in China.


Methods
An anonymous online cross-sectional survey was conducted among 6922 university students in five provinces in China during November 1-28, 2020. With informed consent, participants filled out an online survey link distributed to them via WeChat study groups. The response rate was 72.3%.


Results
The prevalence of behavioral intentions of free COVID-19 vaccination was 78.1%, but it dropped to 57.7% if the COVID-19 vaccination involved self-payment (400 RMB; around 42 USD). After adjusting for background factors, prosociality (free vaccination: adjusted odds ratio [ORa] = 1.10, 95% CI: 1.09-1.12; self-paid vaccination: ORa = 1.08, 95% CI: 1.07-1.09) and social responsibility (free vaccination: ORa = 1.17, 95% CI: 1.14-1.19; self-paid vaccination: ORa = 1.13, 95% CI: 1.11-1.14) were positively associated with the two variables of COVID-19 vaccination intention.


Conclusion
The present study demonstrated the positive effects of prosociality and social responsibility on the intention of COVID-19 vaccination. Accordingly, modification of prosociality and social responsibility can potentially improve COVID-19 vaccination. Future longitudinal and intervention studies are warranted to confirm such associations across populations and countries.
Acceptance Date03/06/2021
All Author(s) ListYanqiu Yu, Sitong Luo, Phoenix Kit-han Mo, Suhua Wang, Junfeng Zhao, Guohua Zhang, Lijuan Li, Liping Li, Joseph Tak-fai Lau
Journal nameInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Year2021
ISSN2322-5939
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCOVID-19, Behavioral Intention, Vaccination, Prosociality, Social Responsibility

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