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Dr. Ana Slavec participates in a study on vaccine benefit mistrust in collaboration with colleagues from Romania, Poland and Slovenia

Dr Ana Slavec, InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska’s researcher, together with Dr. Șerban Olah from the University of Oradea in Romania, Dr. Katarzyna Bałandynowicz-Panfil, Dr. Małgorzata Łosiewicz and Dr. Magdalena Iwanowska from the University of Gdansk in Poland, Dr. Janez Štebe from the University of Ljubljana, and Dr. Mojca Šoštarič Zvonar from the University Psychiatric Clinic of Ljubljana, published a scientific article “Determinants of COVID-19 vaccination intention in Central and Eastern Europe: A cross-sectional study in Poland, Romania, and Slovenia” in the journal Archives of Public Health.

The results of the study showed that distrust in the benefits of the vaccine and concerns about commercial profiteering had a negative impact on vaccination intention. This is why in the study authors made suggestions for the development of appropriate vaccine introduction programmes and campaigns, in which the positive results of vaccines are presented in official sources and traditional media, based on scientific evidence and the knowledge of health professionals.