ABSTRACT. Despite the relevance of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, delay, and refusal in relation to insufficient knowledge, complacency, and distrust of the medical system, only limited research has been conducted on this topic. Using and replicating data from The Aspen Institute, de Beaumont, Healthwatch Bexley, Hertfordshire County Council, Horizon Research, KFF, and Sabin Vaccine Institute, I performed analyses and made estimates regarding COVID-19 threat perceptions and vaccine hesitancy. The results of a study based on data collected from 6,400 respondents provide support for my research model. Descriptive statistics of compiled data from the completed surveys were calculated when appropriate.

Keywords: COVID-19; vaccine; hesitancy; fear of infection; threat perception

How to cite: Davis, R. (2021). “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Delay, and Refusal: Insufficient Knowledge, Complacency, and Distrust of the Medical System,” Review of Contemporary Philosophy 20: 139–150. doi: 10.22381/RCP2020219.

Received 19 May 2021 • Received in revised form 12 August 2021
Accepted 13 August 2021 • Available online 15 August 2021

Ruth Davis
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The Cognitive Labor Institute,
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