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Fleischmann, E; Fellendorf, F; Schönthaler, EM; Lenger, M; Hiendl, L; Bonkat, N; Wagner-Skacel, J; Bengesser, S; Angel, HF; Seitz, RJ; Reininghaus, EZ; Dalkner, N.
Believing processes around COVID-19 vaccination: An exploratory study investigating workers in the health sector.
Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13: 993323 Doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.993323 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Führende Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Dalkner Nina
Fleischmann Eva
Co-Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Bengesser Susanne
Fellendorf Frederike
Lenger Melanie
Reininghaus Eva
Schönthaler Elena
Wagner-Skacel Jolana

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Background: The processes underlying believing have been labeled "creditions", which are important brain functions between emotion and cognition. Creditions are influenced by both internal and external factors, one of which is the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the vaccination against the disease. Methods: To investigate believing processes shortly before the implementation of a mandatory vaccination in Austria, both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers in the health sector (WHS) were surveyed in December 2021/January 2022. In total, 1,062 vaccinated and 97 unvaccinated WHS (920 females) completed the online survey. Beliefs were assessed using the parameters of the credition model (narrative, certainty, emotion, and mightiness) with regard to (1) the COVID-19 pandemic in general, and (2) the vaccination. Type of emotion and narrative were divided into positive, negative, and indifferent. Moreover, the congruence between emotion and narrative was calculated. Results: The vaccination rate of the sample was 91.6%, with a significantly higher percentage of men being in the group of vaccinated (21.1%) as compared to unvaccinated individuals (12.4%). Pertaining beliefs about the COVID-19 vaccination, unvaccinated WHS reported more negative and less positive emotions as well as content of narrative than vaccinated WHS. In addition, they showed higher levels of certainty as well as mightiness while believing and felt less sufficiently informed about governmental and workplace-related COVID-19 measures. The groups did not differ in the type of emotion or content of narrative in their beliefs about the pandemic in general. Conclusion: In conclusion, unvaccinated WHS had more negative and less positive emotions and thoughts than vaccinated WHS in their beliefs about the COVID-19 vaccination and their motivations for not having received it. They were more certain about their beliefs and felt stronger negative emotions in their beliefs compared to vaccinated individuals. Providing unvaccinated WHS with adequate information might be helpful in reducing their mental burden.

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