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Studies showing a direct relationship between vaccine reliability and level of science education

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Researchers should identify authoritative sources of information and use the GCSE science curriculum to help equip learners with sufficient scientific literacy so that they can inform future vaccination decision-making processes. I am asking for an urgent change.

A recent study from the University of Portsmouth has revealed new insights into the factors that influence vaccination hesitation in a UK population sample. The results showed a direct relationship between vaccine confidence and level of scientific education.

Through a survey of approximately 400 participants, researchers found that levels of scientific literacy and positions on social and political issues were associated with varying levels of confidence in vaccines and COVID-19 concerns. The purpose was to investigate whether

Participants were asked how much they agreed with statements such as:

The study found that participants who studied science to the GCSE level were more hesitant than those with lower or higher levels of science education.

Participants who did not study science in secondary school may find their knowledge of the topic lacking and tend to seek expert advice on vaccines from qualified personnel, such as health care workers. I have. However, those who take the GCSE science exam may overestimate their ability in the field and “do their own research”, which does not always give the correct result. “

Dr Alessandro Siani, Associate Head (Student), School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth

The study also found that participants’ levels of concern about the COVID-19 pandemic varied significantly according to both their level of science education and political views. 100% of participants with the lowest level of science education (primary or lower secondary) agreed with the statement “I am concerned about the current pandemic”, but participants who studied science at the graduate level were most likely to disagree with it.

Participants with neutral/centrist political views expressed lower self-confidence than those with libertarian social stances or left-wing economic stances. was associated with lower levels of science education, libertarian social views, and left-wing economic views.

Dr. Siani said: With many countries still affected by his COVID-19 pandemic and limited uptake of vaccines hampering global efforts to overcome the current crisis, the study will focus on vaccines. It provides key insights into the factors underpinning confidence in and fear of the pandemic. The observation that participants who studied science to the GCSE level exhibited the highest level of vaccine hesitation should be cause for concern.

Researchers believe that the school curriculum not only teaches students accurate and up-to-date scientific concepts, but also helps them understand the scientific method, avoid misinformation, and seek out reliable, evidence-based sources of scientific information. It concludes that the tools should be designed to provide students with , may help improve confidence in vaccination and healthcare workers who administer vaccines.


Journal reference:

Siani, A., and others. (2022) Political opinion and scientific literacy as indicators of vaccine confidence and COVID-19 concern. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene.