Abstract
THE USE OF HEALTH BELIEF MODEL TO DETERMINE THECOVID-19 VACCINATION HESITANCY AND CONFIDENCE AMONG SELECTED FILIPINO ADULTS

Karren T. Reyes*, Naomi Jane A. Briones, Allen Roy R. Diciembre, Rafaella Corrine R. Fabian,
Andrea Blossom B. Llego, Micka Denysse U. Magahis, Mylene S. Andal, MS Pharm and
Cecilia D. Santiago, PhD.

ABSTRACT

The emergence of COVID-19 is dramatically taking its toll notwithstanding the fact that several vaccines are being rolled out in the market. In the face of this crisis, the Filipinos’willingness to be subjected to vaccination is an arising challenge in the achievement of herd immunity. The study aimed to use the Health Belief Model in determining the COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and confidence among selected Filipino adults. Its extensive use is idealin research designed for predicting behavioral changes. Descriptive quantitative method was utilized and the questionnaire was disseminated via Google Forms. The assessment of the respondents’ willingness to receive COVID-19 vaccination and Health Belief Model derived items used a 5-point Likert scale for likelihood and agreement. Selection of 400 participants was completed through convenience sampling among Filipino adults from Batangas, Manila,Olongapo, Pangasinan, Rizal, and Tacloban City, ages 18-79 years old. The main statistical treatments used were Chi-square test and Multinomial logistic regression to analyze the positive correlates of vaccine confidence namely perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, perceived benefits, and cues to action, as well as the negative correlates such as perceived barriers contributing to vaccine hesitancy. Conclusively, Filipino adults have a higher confidence than hesitancy towards COVID-19 vaccination.

Keywords: COVID-19, Vaccine, Vaccination, Hesitancy, Confidence, Health Belief Model.


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