A Big Motivator to Get a COVID Vaccine: Travel | health and fitness

Robert Preidt

TUESDAY, March 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Wanderlust has become a powerful incentive for Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines, a new study shows.

The wish list beckons, and “many people see travel as an essential part of their lifestyle and as a contributor to their well-being,” said the study’s lead author, Dogan Gursoy, professor of hospitality management at Washington State University.

“They will weigh the value of travel experiences that they may miss out on if they are not vaccinated against the potential risks of the vaccines,” Gursoy said in a university press release.

The study involved more than 1,000 US citizens who were asked to rate their desire to travel on a 5-point scale. Those with a strong desire to travel were less likely to say they were concerned about possible side effects or long-term complications of the vaccine and more likely to say they would get vaccinated.

Even for the 266 respondents who previously indicated they would not get vaccinated, when a strong urge to travel was combined with news about COVID, their reluctance to vaccinate eased vaccine safety and the possible consequences – including spreading the coronavirus to loved ones – of not getting vaccinated.

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According to the study, the findings on desire to travel and intention to vaccinate also applied to people who had no vacation plans or business trips. The results appear in the diary tourism administration.

Since early 2020, Gursoy has been leading efforts to track the impact of the pandemic on the hospitality and tourism industries. About 5,000 people have answered questions about vaccines in past surveys, and about 30% consistently say they will not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

These new findings could help guide the travel and tourism industry’s recovery from the pandemic, the researchers said.

“Appealing to people’s longing for a getaway could help overcome their vaccination hesitancy, which would lead to higher vaccination rates and a reduction in COVID-related travel restrictions and advisories,” Gursoy said.

For more information on COVID-19 and travel, visit US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: Washington State University, press release, February 25, 2022

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