Extroverts are more likely to resist the Covid vaccine despite wanting to socialize more, new research shows.
Several studies have looked at how education, sex, ethnicity, job and even political alignment influence vaccine uptake, but none have considered personality traits.
Researchers at the University of Texas surveyed more than 40,000 Canadian adults between November 2020 and July 2021, asking if they would be vaccinated.
They then mapped the answers on to the “big five” personality traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion (also spelled extroversion), agreeableness and emotional stability.
They were surprised to find that extroverts were 18 per cent more likely to refuse the jab.