Socioeconomic, demographic and environmental factors and COVID-19 vaccination: Interactions affecting effectiveness


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Kargı B., Coccia M., Uçkaç B. C.

BULLETIN SOCIAL-ECONOMIC AND HUMANITARIAN RESEARCH, vol.19, no.21, pp.83-99, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Abstract

This study analyses the relation between people fully vaccinated and mortality to assess the effectiveness of this health policy to cope with COVID-19 pandemic between a sample of 150 countries. Statistical analyses show a positive correlation between share of people fully vaccinated and total COVID-19 mortality in early 2022 (r= 0.65, p-value <.01). These results suggest that COVID-19 vaccinations cannot be a sufficient policy response to eradicate the overall negative impact of the new infectious disease in society. Although high levels of vaccinations in some countries, many demographic (density of population), environmental (air pollution), technological (equipment of non-invasive ventilators), biological (new variants), socioeconomic (health expenditures) factors, etc., influence the diffusion and negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic society. This study can provide new knowledge to improve crisis management and the preparedness of countries to cope with or prevent future pandemic crisis and negative effects in socioeconomic systems.