In this report we outline the null findings of a pre-registered experiment on vaccine hesitancy in the United Kingdom. The experiment targeted vaccine misconceptions common among participants by presenting a correction to such claims endorsed by a group of medical experts. The experiment had the aim to increase vaccination intention and actual uptake during the 2021 COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Our results revealed that, contrary to a similar study conducted with Italian residents, our intervention was unsuccessful in changing participants’ attitudes and behaviour towards COVID-19 vaccines. The report concludes with a discussion of the potential reasons for these null findings.
- Year of Publication: 2023
- Region/s: Europe
- Theme/s: Individual Decision-making
- Research Topic/s: Health
- DOI: https://journal.trialanderror.org/pub/medical-expert-endorsement/release/1
Panizza, F., Ronzani, P., Martini, C., Savadori, L., & Motterlini, M. (2023). Medical Expert Endorsement Fails to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy in U.K. Residents. Journal of Trial & Error. https://doi.org/10.36850/e15