Youth participation in voluntary of the covid-19 laboratory test in Indonesia


  • Tri Bayu Purnama Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara
  • Citra Cahyati Nasution Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara
  • Dini Pratiwi Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara
  • Nurfadillah Hasanah Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara


COVID-19, Youth Response, Laboratory test, planned behavior theory


Although the Indonesian Government has made policies to break the COVID-19 chain transmission including to set a price for laboratory tests, the fact in Indonesia has not yet reached the laboratory test target that set by WHO. Seeing the current situation, what is needed is not only the government alertness but also public awareness to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. This study uses the planned behavior theory and Colaizzi phenomenological methods to analyze qualitatively the public's intention and response voluntarily in COVID-19 laboratory test in Indonesia. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 participants. The data is analyzed using analytical content and shows the results that participants were not willing to do the COVID-19 lab test voluntarily to find out whether they were infected with COVID-19 or not because they felt that the COVID-19 lab test was too expensive so they decided that they would voluntarily do the test if it was free. It is recommended to the government to give education to the public that one of ways to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission is the public have to contribute in doing a COVID-19 laboratory test voluntarily to carry out a minimum test as determined by WHO.


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