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Subjective Norms as Determinants of University Students’ Response to Covid19 Vaccination Call During the Pandemic Era: Results from a Qualitative Inquiry

Swaib Seguya
Eugenia J. Kafanabo
Chris M. Mauki


Students’ health-seeking behaviour cannot be fully detached from the influence of subjective social norms since they prescribe  behaviours approved by their social affiliations. This study aimed to explore the influence of parents’ and peers’ subjective norms on  students’ responses to COVID-19 vaccination in Tanzania. The findings from thirty-three interviewees who were reached by means of  purposive and convenience sampling techniques revealed that parents’ actual subjective norms and peers’ injunctive norms influenced  the students’ response to vaccination. The evidence suggests a strong influence of norms on students’ health-seeking behaviour, mainly  when injunctive norms are reflected in the descriptive norms. Thus, health promotion interventions should not underestimate the power  of norms.

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