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Public health teams need to understand how the public responds to vaccination messages in a pandemic or epidemic to inform successful campaigns encouraging the uptake of new vaccines as they become available. A rapid systematic review was performed by searching PsycINFO, MEDLINE, healthevidence.org, OSF Preprints and PsyArXiv Preprints in May 2020 for studies including at least one health message promoting vaccine uptake of airborne-, droplet- and fomite- spread viruses. Included studies were assessed for quality using the MMAT or AMSTAR, and for patient and public involvement (PPI) in the research. Thirty-five articles were included. Most reported messages for seasonal influenza (n=11; 31%) or H1N1 (n=11; 31%). Evidence from moderate to high quality studies for improving vaccine uptake included providing information about virus risks and vaccination safety, as well as addressing vaccine misunderstandings, offering vaccination reminders, including vaccination clinic details, and delivering mixed media campaigns across hospitals or communities. Behavioural influences (beliefs and intentions) were improved when: shorter, risk-reducing or relative risk framing messages were used; the benefits of vaccination to society were emphasised; and beliefs about capability and concerns among target populations (e.g. vaccine safety) were addressed. Clear, credible, messages in language target groups can understand were associated with higher acceptability. Two studies (6%) described PPI in the research process. Future campaigns should consider the beliefs and information needs of target populations in their design, including ensuring vaccine eligibility and availability is clear, and messages are accessible. More high quality research is needed to demonstrate the effects of messaging interventions on actual vaccine uptake.
|Early online date||20 Jan 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Feb 2021|
Bibliographical noteOpen Science - Yes
- vaccine hesitancy
- behaviour change
- health psychology
- systematic review
- public health messaging
- vaccine uptake
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Gillian Shorter (Visiting lecturer)15 Jun 2021
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Optimising vaccination uptake for Covid-19Epton, T., Lawes-Wickwar, S., Ghio, D., Shorter, G. W., Whittaker, E., Arden, M. A., Armitage, C., Byrne-Davis, L., Chadwick, P., Drury, J., Hart, J., Lewis, L., McBride, E., O'Connor, D., Swanson, V., Kamal, A. & Chater, A., 19 Apr 2021, Leicester: British Psychological Society.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen Access
PREPRINT version 3: A rapid systematic review of public responses to health messages encouraging vaccination against infectious diseases in a pandemic or epidemicLawes-Wickwar, S., Ghio, D., Tang, M. Y., Keyworth, C., Stanescu, S., Westbrook, J., Jenkinson, E., Kassianos, A. P., Scanlan, D., Garnett, N., Laidlaw, L., Howlett, N., Carr, N., Stanulewicz, N., Guest, E., Watson, D., Sutherland, L., Byrne-Davis, L., Chater, A., Hart, J., & 4 others, 16 Dec 2020, (Early online date) PsyArXiv Preprints, 76 p.
Research output: Working paperOpen Access