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OXFORD COVID-19 VACCINE HESITANCY SCALE (Freeman et al, 2020)

A printable PDF version of the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Scale is available for download and use. 

This is a seven-item measure, derived from a study with 5,114 UK adults, quota sampled to match the population for age, gender, ethnicity, income, and region. Item specific response options, coded from 1 to 5, are used. A ‘Don’t know’ option is also provided, which is excluded from scoring. Higher scores indicate a higher level of vaccine hesitancy. The Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Scale scores are associated with the Vaccine Hesitancy Scale (Shapiro et al, 2018), r=0.47, p< 0.001. The Cronbach’s alpha is 0.97. Full details of the questionnaire development can be found in the supplementary materials of the paper.

Reference: Freeman, D., Loe, B.S., Chadwick, A., Vaccari, C., Waite, F., Rosebrock, L., Jenner, L., Petit, A., Lewandowsky, S., Vanderslott, S., Innocenti, S., Larkin, M., Giubilini, A., Yu, L-M., McShane, H., Pollard, A.J., & Lambe, S. (2020). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK: The Oxford Coronavirus Explanations, Attitudes, and Narratives Survey (OCEAN) II. Psychological Medicine.

1: Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine (approved for use in the UK) if offered?

☐   Definitely

☐   Probably

☐   I may or I may not

☐   Probably not

☐   Definitely not

☐   Don’t know

2: If there is a COVID-19 vaccine available:

☐   I will want to get it as soon as possible

☐   I will take it when offered

☐   I’m not sure what I will do

☐   I will put off (delay) getting it

☐   I will refuse to get it

☐   Don’t know

3: I would describe my attitude towards receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as:

☐   Very keen

☐   Pretty positive

☐   Neutral

☐   Quite uneasy

☐   Against it

☐   Don’t know

4: If a COVID-19 vaccine was available at my local pharmacy, I would:

☐   Get it as soon as possible

☐   Get it when I have time

☐   Delay getting it

☐   Avoid getting it for as long as possible

☐   Never get it

☐   Don’t know

5: If my family or friends were thinking of getting a COVID-19 vaccination, I would:

☐   Strongly encourage them

☐   Encourage them

☐   Not say anything to them about it

☐   Ask them to delay getting the vaccination

☐   Suggest that they do not get the vaccination

☐   Don’t know

6: I would describe myself as:

☐   Eager to get a COVID-19 vaccine

☐   Willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine

☐   Not bothered about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

☐   Unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

☐   Anti-vaccination for COVID-19

☐   Don’t know

7: Taking a COVID-19 vaccination is:

☐   Really important

☐   Important

☐   Neither important nor unimportant

☐   Unimportant

☐   Really unimportant

☐   Don’t know