Psychobehavioral Responses and Likelihood of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines during the Pandemic, Hong Kong

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  • Kin On Kwok
  • Arthur Tang
  • Margaret Ting Fong Tsoi
  • Emily Ying Yang Chan
  • Julian Wei Tze Tang
  • Angel Wong
  • Wan In Wei
  • Samuel Yeung Shan Wong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1802-1810
Journal / PublicationEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume27
Issue number7
Online published26 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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Abstract

To access temporal changes in psychobehavioral responses to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, we conducted a 5-round (R1-R5) longitudinal population-based online survey in Hong Kong during January-September 2020. Most respondents reported wearing masks (R1 99.0% to R5 99.8%) and performing hand hygiene (R1 95.8% to R5 97.7%). Perceived COVID-19 severity decreased significantly, from 97.4% (R1) to 77.2% (R5), but perceived self-susceptibility remained high (87.2%-92.8%). Female sex and anxiety were associated with greater adoption of social distancing. Intention to receive COVID-19 vaccines decreased significantly (R4 48.7% to R5 37.6%). Greater anxiety, confidence in vaccine, and collective responsibility and weaker complacency were associated with higher tendency to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Although its generalizability should be assumed with caution, this study helps to formulate health communication strategies and foretells the initial low uptake rate of COVID-19 vaccines, suggesting that social distancing should be maintained in the medium term.

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Psychobehavioral Responses and Likelihood of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines during the Pandemic, Hong Kong. / Kwok, Kin On; Li, Kin Kit; Tang, Arthur; Tsoi, Margaret Ting Fong; Chan, Emily Ying Yang; Tang, Julian Wei Tze; Wong, Angel; Wei, Wan In; Wong, Samuel Yeung Shan.

In: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 27, No. 7, 07.2021, p. 1802-1810.

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