Special Issue "Psychological and Behavioral Factors Associated with Infectious and Preventable Diseases Vaccine Uptake in Digital Age"

A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 884

Special Issue Editors

Centre for Media and Communication Studies, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Pakistan
Interests: media effects; public opinion; health communication; environmental communication; advocacy journalism
Institute of Media & Communication Studies, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Multan, Pakistan
Interests: advertising; strategic communication; health communication’ branding; mass media
Dr. Aqdas Malik
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Guest Editor
Department of Information Systems, Sultan Qaboos University, 112 Muscat, Oman
Interests: social media; human-computer interaction and computer-mediated communication

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The availability of vaccines for infectious and intimidating preventable diseases such as COVID-19, polio, chickenpox (varicella), diphtheria, flu (influenza), hepatitis A, and hepatitis B has made health authorities capable of confronting these global public health challenges efficaciously. However, a large proportion of the population, particularly those living in the Global South and even in developed nations, face challenges in improving vaccination uptake.

The efficacious control of these diseases depends mainly on the public’s acceptance and uptake of these vaccines. Accordingly, determinative research improving our understanding of the adversities and causes of positive vaccination intentions is critical to ensure the success of future and ongoing public health challenges by providing practical evidence-based health awareness. Therefore, to achieve a more all-encompassing understanding of the psychological, behavioral, and demographic factors including, but not limited to, the media and digital media ecology of ongoing public health challenges related to infectious and intimidating preventable diseases such as COVID-19, polio, chickenpox (varicella), diphtheria, flu (influenza), hepatitis A, and hepatitis B, this Special Issue will focus on the critical issues, challenges, successes, and new ways of thinking about vaccine uptake to combat these infectious and preventable challenges. 

  1. It is not sufficient to develop an effective awareness regarding infectious and preventable diseases. Past research identified several factors that influence vaccine hesitancy among a large proportion of the populace. These adverse factors associated to vaccine hesitancy have deepened with the emergence of digital media and fake news ecosystems, and fuel challenges for public health authorities and international organizations such as WHO in advancing the fight against these diseases. Globally, the wave of misinformation, disinformation, infodemics, and fake-analysis-based user-generated content is overwhelming the efforts made by these health authorities to counter these public health challenges. Coupled with the existing psychological and behavioral barriers, these recent communicative factors have increased the intimidation of vaccine uptake intention.
  2. We are pleased to invite you to contribute an original research article, case study, research report, observation, or scoping review highlighting (i) the prevalence of acceptance, hesitancy, or refusal to accept vaccines for infectious and preventable diseases; (ii) associated attributes or factors driving hesitancy/refusal ranging from the personal and relational to the community and cultural; (iii) experimental work testing intention/behavior change concerning the uptake of vaccination; and (iv) the influence of media on the decision-making process—from literacy to social media. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods studies are invited. Manuscripts will be subject to standard journal peer-review practices, and those accepted for publication will appear in the Special Issue.
  3. This Special Issue aims to accept contributions describing how effective vaccine campaigns against infectious and preventable diseases are not enough on their own.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Behavioral factors associated with vaccine uptake;
  • Psychological factors associated with vaccine uptake ;
  • Influence of misinformation, disinformation, infodemics and fake news;
  • Influence of communication campaigns encompassing both traditional and social media on vaccine acceptance.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Muhammad Yousaf
Dr. Syed Raza
Dr. Aqdas Malik
Guest Editors

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Investigating the Psychological, Social, Cultural, and Religious Predictors of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Intention in Digital Age: A Media Dependency Theory Perspective
Vaccines 2023, 11(8), 1338; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11081338 - 07 Aug 2023
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Media exposure to health communication contents related to the COVID-19 pandemic alone is inadequate to measure the influence of media on individuals in adopting precautionary behaviors against COVID-19, such as vaccine uptake. Certain individuals may pay attention to and be influenced by communication [...] Read more.
Media exposure to health communication contents related to the COVID-19 pandemic alone is inadequate to measure the influence of media on individuals in adopting precautionary behaviors against COVID-19, such as vaccine uptake. Certain individuals may pay attention to and be influenced by communication content. However, literature has suggested other instrumental determinants in developing and adopting health precautionary measures, such as culture or religion, especially regarding vaccination. In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is valuable to examine the interrelationships among psychological, sociocultural, and informational factors. This can provide valuable insights for policymakers in developing effective communication strategies. Drawing an analogy between the Media dependency theory (MDT) and the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) model, this study unravels the factors underpinning the COVID-19 vaccine uptake intention among Pakistanis. The study utilized a cross-sectional research design and employed a survey method to gather data from a sample of 993 participants. The findings obtained from the PLS-SEM analysis confirmed that individuals relied on both traditional and social media to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings show that individuals rely more on the informational content disseminated through conventional media channels. The findings also suggest that individuals from Asian countries, such as Pakistan, tend to be more inclined toward collectivism. The findings about the moderating role of religiosity suggest that religious beliefs significantly shape individuals’ reliance on traditional media. Hence, this study has uniquely contributed to public health and media management by providing a strategy for managers to address disseminating misinformation related to religion and its impact on vaccination-related health issues. The study has theoretically confirmed the principles of media dependency theory. As a result, it is recommended that various information sources be utilized to cultivate resilience among individuals to manage health crises effectively. Full article
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