Published on 14 July 2021
Now that health professionals in a number of other European countries are being obliged to vaccinate, the debate is once again opened in Belgium. In the motivation barometer, we asked health professionals (N=4771) and people from the general population (N=25056) how they felt about such an obligation. This question was put to three groups of people: those who are opposed to vaccination, doubters and those who are willing or already vaccinated. The opinion on vaccination commitment of health care professionals is far apart between these three groups: while a majority of vaccinated persons are in favour (74% of the general population, 64% of health care professionals), a large majority of those who are against vaccination are against (78% of the general population; 92% of health care professionals). As other motivational strategies (e.g., sensitisation, empathic approach, rhythm respect) have a more positive motivational impact, it is important to continue to use them for the time being. An obligation will only be accepted if it is perceived as legitimate by refusing or doubting health professionals. If not, it risks provoking resistance. It is therefore a matter of increasing the motivational support for obligation in dialogue with the sector and the health workers. We formulate four recommendations.
Motivation Barometer (14 July 2021). Obliging health professionals to be vaccinated: a good idea? (Report no. 32) Ghent & Leuven, Belgium. www.motivationbarometer.com
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