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Investigating the Links Between Vaccination Against COVID-19 and Public Attitudes Toward Protective Countermeasures: Implications for Public Health.
Front Public Health. 2021; 9:702699.FP

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is spreading globally at an unprecedented rate. To protect the world against this devastating catastrophe, vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 have been produced following consistent clinical trials. However, the durability of a protective immune response due to vaccination has not been confirmed. Moreover, COVID-19 vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is not 100% guaranteed, as new variants arise due to mutations. Consequently, health officials are pleading with the public to take extra precautions against the virus and continue wearing masks, wash hands, and observe physical distancing even after vaccination. The current research collected data from 4,540 participants (1,825 vaccinated and 2,715 not vaccinated) in China to analyze this phenomenon empirically. The propensity score matching (PSM) model is employed to analyze the impact of vaccination against COVID-19 on participants' attitudes toward protective countermeasures. The findings showed that gender, age, education level, occupation risk, individual health risk perception, public health risk perception, social responsibility, peer effect, and government supervision are the main drivers for participants to be vaccinated with COVID-19's vaccines. The results further show that vaccination lessened participants' frequency of hand washing by 1.75 times and their compliance frequency intensity of observing physical distancing by 1.24 times. However, the rate of mask-wearing did not reduce significantly, implying that China's main countermeasure of effective mask-wearing effectively controls COVID-19. Moreover, the findings indicate that a reduction in the frequency of hand washing and observing physical distance could cause a resurgence of COVID-19. In conclusion, factors leading to the eradication of SARS-CoV-2 from the world are complex to be achieved, so the exploration of COVID-19 vaccination and people's attitude toward protective countermeasures may provide insights for policymakers to encourage vaccinated people to follow protective health measures and help in completely defeating the COVID-19 from the globe.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Public Administration, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi'an, China.School of Public Administration, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi'an, China.School of Public Administration, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi'an, China.College of Economics and Management, Northwest A & F University, Yangling, China.College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34368065

Citation

Si, Ruishi, et al. "Investigating the Links Between Vaccination Against COVID-19 and Public Attitudes Toward Protective Countermeasures: Implications for Public Health." Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 9, 2021, p. 702699.
Si R, Yao Y, Zhang X, et al. Investigating the Links Between Vaccination Against COVID-19 and Public Attitudes Toward Protective Countermeasures: Implications for Public Health. Front Public Health. 2021;9:702699.
Si, R., Yao, Y., Zhang, X., Lu, Q., & Aziz, N. (2021). Investigating the Links Between Vaccination Against COVID-19 and Public Attitudes Toward Protective Countermeasures: Implications for Public Health. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 702699. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.702699
Si R, et al. Investigating the Links Between Vaccination Against COVID-19 and Public Attitudes Toward Protective Countermeasures: Implications for Public Health. Front Public Health. 2021;9:702699. PubMed PMID: 34368065.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Investigating the Links Between Vaccination Against COVID-19 and Public Attitudes Toward Protective Countermeasures: Implications for Public Health. AU - Si,Ruishi, AU - Yao,Yumeng, AU - Zhang,Xueqian, AU - Lu,Qian, AU - Aziz,Noshaba, Y1 - 2021/07/21/ PY - 2021/04/29/received PY - 2021/06/28/accepted PY - 2021/8/9/entrez PY - 2021/8/10/pubmed PY - 2021/8/12/medline KW - COVID-19 KW - China KW - PSM KW - protective countermeasures KW - vaccination SP - 702699 EP - 702699 JF - Frontiers in public health JO - Front Public Health VL - 9 N2 - The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is spreading globally at an unprecedented rate. To protect the world against this devastating catastrophe, vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 have been produced following consistent clinical trials. However, the durability of a protective immune response due to vaccination has not been confirmed. Moreover, COVID-19 vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is not 100% guaranteed, as new variants arise due to mutations. Consequently, health officials are pleading with the public to take extra precautions against the virus and continue wearing masks, wash hands, and observe physical distancing even after vaccination. The current research collected data from 4,540 participants (1,825 vaccinated and 2,715 not vaccinated) in China to analyze this phenomenon empirically. The propensity score matching (PSM) model is employed to analyze the impact of vaccination against COVID-19 on participants' attitudes toward protective countermeasures. The findings showed that gender, age, education level, occupation risk, individual health risk perception, public health risk perception, social responsibility, peer effect, and government supervision are the main drivers for participants to be vaccinated with COVID-19's vaccines. The results further show that vaccination lessened participants' frequency of hand washing by 1.75 times and their compliance frequency intensity of observing physical distancing by 1.24 times. However, the rate of mask-wearing did not reduce significantly, implying that China's main countermeasure of effective mask-wearing effectively controls COVID-19. Moreover, the findings indicate that a reduction in the frequency of hand washing and observing physical distance could cause a resurgence of COVID-19. In conclusion, factors leading to the eradication of SARS-CoV-2 from the world are complex to be achieved, so the exploration of COVID-19 vaccination and people's attitude toward protective countermeasures may provide insights for policymakers to encourage vaccinated people to follow protective health measures and help in completely defeating the COVID-19 from the globe. SN - 2296-2565 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34368065/Investigating_the_Links_Between_Vaccination_Against_COVID_19_and_Public_Attitudes_Toward_Protective_Countermeasures:_Implications_for_Public_Health_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.702699 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -