Securing the Goalposts on Vaccine Hesitancy

25 Pages Posted: 10 May 2022

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Andy Brownback

University of Arkansas

Guillermo Cruces

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS); IZA

Seung-Keun Martinez

University of Nottingham

Monika Pompeo

University of Nottingham; University of Bologna

Silvia Sonderegger

University of Nottingham

Date Written: May 4, 2022

Abstract

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy appears sharply divided along political lines. The aim of this project is to quantitatively assess to what degree vaccine hesitancy is driven by a lack of information on COVID-19 and its vaccines, and to what degree it is driven by politically motivated reasoning and exposure to abundant misinformation. Using a large-scale randomized control trial, we test scalable interventions to combat misinformation and potentially biased reasoning on vaccination. Ultimately, we hope to deliver communication tools that allow healthcare providers to identify which individuals will be receptive to good-faith conversations on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination as well as productively engage those who are otherwise determined to reject any information that is perceived to be pro-vaccination. Our approach adapts the communication tools of "Paradoxical Reasoning" which were developed to unfreeze entrenched beliefs in the context of the most intractable conflicts (e.g., the Israeli-Palestinian border conflict).

Note:
Funding Information: Funding for the project was provided by the British Academy.

Conflict of Interests: No one on the research team has any competing interests related to the study.

Ethical Approval: Ethics approval by the University of Nottingham. All subjects consented to participation at the beginning of the study.

Suggested Citation

Brownback, Andy and Cruces, Guillermo and Martinez, Seung-Keun and Pompeo, Monika and Sonderegger, Silvia, Securing the Goalposts on Vaccine Hesitancy (May 4, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4100697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4100697

Andy Brownback (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Guillermo Cruces

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) ( email )

Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y
Sociales, Calle 6 e/47 y 48
La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires 1900
Argentina

HOME PAGE: http://cedlas.econo.unlp.edu.ar

IZA

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Seung-Keun Martinez

University of Nottingham ( email )

Sir Clive Granger Building
Universit Park
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG72RD
United Kingdom

Monika Pompeo

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
07851747771 (Phone)
NG7 2RD (Fax)

University of Bologna ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Silvia Sonderegger

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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