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Sources of information and the influence of misinformation on COVID-19 vaccine uptake hesitancy among frontline workers in Tanzania: evidences from Dar es Salaam and Dodoma

Juma James Masele (Department of General Management, University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)
Elia Daud (Department of Public Health and Community Nursing, The University of Dodoma, Dodoma, United Republic of Tanzania)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 30 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to assess the sources of COVID-19 information respondents relied for COVID-19 pandemic information access and use, forms of misinformation and their influence on COVID-19 vaccine uptake hesitancy among frontline workers.

Design/methodology/approach

A Google Form developed questionnaire, distributed conveniently through link shared through WhatsApp groups was used to collect data from frontline workers from Dar es Salaam and Dodoma cities. Analysis was done using a binary regression analysis.

Findings

It was found that it was not the source that mattered for one to be hesitancy or not on COVID-19 vaccination, but the extent to which the information the source channels was manipulated or false.

Research limitations/implications

Relying only Google Form questionnaire sent through a link on WhatsApp may have compromised the quality of information gathered and the quality of conclusion. Another study may have conducted through researcher administered questionnaire to a bigger sample to increase conclusion reliability and validity.

Practical implications

This study urges that to increase the COVID-19 vaccine uptake, it is important to ensure that the quality of information from the revealed dependable sources is checked to avoid possible consequential disquiet resulting from misinformation.

Originality/value

As the world is striving toward combating the COVID-19 or at least lessening its effects, this paper is of its own kind, using the theory of informative fictions to guide the assessment of the sources of information and the extent to which they influence misinformation on COVID-19 vaccine uptake hesitancy.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the respondents for taking part in this important research. The authors are thankful to the English grammar editor for editing and proofreading the manuscript. The authors also acknowledge the great work by the anonymous reviewers at the Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication journal for the valuable comments that really helped to improve this work.

Funding: The authors did not receive any funding. The authors used own meagre funds to conduct the research.

Citation

Masele, J.J. and Daud, E. (2022), "Sources of information and the influence of misinformation on COVID-19 vaccine uptake hesitancy among frontline workers in Tanzania: evidences from Dar es Salaam and Dodoma", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-05-2022-0103

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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