Attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination among young adults in Zurich, Switzerland, September 2020

Cesar Leos-Toro, Denis Ribeaud, Laura Bechtiger, Annekatrin Steinhoff, Amy Nivette, Aja Louise Murray, Urs Hepp, Boris Quednow, Manuel Eisner, Lilly Shanahan

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Objectives: Young adults are essential to the effective mitigation of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) given their tendency toward greater frequency of social interactions. Little is known about vaccine willingness during pandemics in European populations. This study examined young people’s attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines in Fall 2020. Methods: Data came from an ongoing longitudinal study’s online COVID-19-focused supplement among young adults aged 22 in Zurich, Switzerland (N = 499) in September 2020. Logistic regressions examined young adults’ likelihood of participating in COVID-19 immunization programs. Results: Approximately half of respondents reported being unlikely to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Compared to males, females were more likely to oppose COVID-19 vaccination (p < 0.05). In multivariate models, Sri Lankan maternal background and higher socioeconomic status were associated with a greater likelihood of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 (p < 0.05). Respondents were more likely to report a willingness to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they perceived 1) an effective government response (p < 0.05) and 2) their information sources to be objective (p < 0.05). Conclusion: This study communicates aspects important to the development of targeted information campaigns to promote engagement in COVID-19 immunization efforts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Early online date6 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • vaccine willingness
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic health communication
  • evidence-based health messaging
  • vaccine acceptance
  • vaccine hesitancy


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