Scientists have found out what is behind the indecision of people who do not want to get vaccinated

Scientists have found out what is behind the indecision of people who do not want to get vaccinated
Scientists have found out what is behind the indecision of people who do not want to get vaccinated
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Polish researchers have learned what the determining factor is behind people's persuasion not to get vaccinated against coronavirus infection.

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In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the question of why many are unwilling or afraid to be vaccinated has become especially relevant. Experts from the universities of Jagiellonian, as well as social and human sciences (Poland) studied the literature on the attitude of people to vaccination. In the second phase, the researchers conducted an online survey of 492 respondents living in Poland who have doubts about whether to get the vaccine, or even oppose it.

The work was published in the journal Social Psychological Bulletin. Scientists concluded that all participants have a negative attitude towards vaccines in general, and not just vaccinations against coronavirus. Interestingly, many of the respondents said that their position was based on their own experience or on the experience of acquaintances.

But when researchers tried to find out the details, the respondents gave rather vague explanations. Some said that they did not remember the source of such information, others associated vaccination with autism in children, but at the same time it was difficult to name clear evidence of such a correlation.

Experts explained this phenomenon by the tendency to remember negative information, even if it was simply read on social networks or suspicious sites. It is also known that people generally like to seek confirmation of their thoughts and avoid an alternative view of things. Receiving such information, a person forgets how he found out about it, and often confuses it with personal experience or the experience of relatives and friends.

Thus, preexisting skepticism about vaccines is reinforced by any information to support these thoughts, regardless of the reliability of the source. At the same time, opponents of vaccines believe in their effectiveness and even perceive the reports of side effects of vaccines ambiguously.

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