What is it about?

This study examined Filipinos' health information-seeking behaviors, specifically their information engagement and apprehension of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the reasons for vaccination, and how these factors influenced their decision to get vaccinated.

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Why is it important?

We discovered that responses to information engagement and apprehension revealed “often true” and “sometimes true,” respectively. The majority of participants intended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “Concerned about the vaccine's safety” is the most common reason for not getting vaccinated. Female gender, college graduate, employed, and using social media to obtain COVID-19 vaccine information were all significant predictors of information engagement and apprehension. Information engagement and apprehension were predicted by age and religion, respectively.


In the context of the health information-seeking behaviors investigated in this study, nurses play a critical role in disseminating reliable information on the COVID-19 vaccine and to ensure that vaccines are administered based on the priority of population segments categorized by the Philippine and other worldwide governments. Furthermore, nurses should recognize and respond appropriately to those who do not understand the importance of COVID-19 immunization by emphasizing it as the most effective intervention against coronavirus. Nurses, both directly and indirectly, play an integral part in the Philippines' and other countries' immunization success. This study shows the need for nurses, particularly public health nurses, to be involved in distributing accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Daniel Joseph E. Berdida
University of Santo Tomas

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This page is a summary of: Filipinos’ health information‐seeking behaviors and their implications for COVID‐19 vaccination, Public Health Nursing, December 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/phn.13034.
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