Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1923

Article in Press

Prospective teachers’ opinions regarding vaccine hesitancy: How to teach vaccination?

Burcu Güngör Cabbar

  •  Received: 02 August 2021
  •  Accepted: 20 September 2021
Vaccines have been used in the fight against pandemics in the last century for global health. Today, the Covid-19 pandemic has once again brought the issue of vaccination to the agenda. The aim of the study was to determine the opinions of teacher candidates about vaccine hesitancy. A 21-item scale was used to collect data. It was found that the opinions of teacher candidates on anti-vaccination were not different with respect to department, and grade. When the items were examined individually, it was found that teacher candidates believed vaccines can be harmful as well as having benefits, that the companies producing the vaccine place personal and commercial gain before public health, and religious beliefs and traditional methods did not negatively affect their attitudes towards vaccination. Even though there are courses such as health knowledge and biology in primary school teaching, preschool teaching, science teaching, and biology teacher education programs, views of teacher candidates about vaccination do not change. Tools should be developed for teacher candidates to acquire more information about vaccines and vaccination. In addition, projects aimed at increasing public health awareness courses can be included in the departments of education faculties.

Keywords: Vaccination hesitancy, prospective teachers, health education