Individual predictors of vaccine hesitancy in the Italian post COVID-19 pandemic era.

Publication date: Dec 31, 2024

A wide range of survey studies have explored vaccination hesitancy/resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided evidence that this can be explained by several individual variables from the ideological, clinical, and socio-affective domain. However, evidence about which individual variables predict vaccine hesitancy in the post-pandemic state of COVID-19 is meager. We administered a battery of questionnaires to a group of 120 Italian participants with high and low scores on the adult vaccine hesitancy scale (aVHS) to investigate the predictive role of ideological (i. e. political orientation), clinical (i. e. anxiety, interoceptive accuracy), and socio-affective (i. e. alexithymia, disgust sensitivity/propensity, empathy) variables on vaccine hesitancy/resistance. This study provides evidence that lower interoceptive awareness and cognitive empathy are predictors of a greater hesitancy to get vaccinated in the post-pandemic COVID-19 state.

Concepts Keywords
Italian cognitive empathy
Meager interoception
Pandemic logistic regression
Political Vaccination
Vaccination vaccine hesitancy/resistance


Type Source Name
disease VO vaccine
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO vaccination
disease VO vaccinated

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