Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare professionals and the general population: Second important step in the fight against COVID-19
Keywords:Vaccine hesitancy, healthcare workers, COVID-19
Introduction: This study aims at finding valuable information for predicting vaccination intentions against COVID-19 to guide future interventions to address hesitation.
Methodology: This observational study consists of 1010 volunteer health workers from the state hospitals in Bursa, and 1111 volunteers from the non-healthcare group, unvaccinated against COVID-19. In the study, the participants were asked about their sociodemographic information and reasons for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine by face-to-face interview.
Results: We classified the unvaccinated healthcare worker group as group 1, and the unvaccinated non-health workers group as group 2. Between groups 1 and 2, vaccination refusal, education level, income level, and pregnancy status were statistically significant (p < 0.001). The groups differed in the reasons for vaccine refusal and recommending vaccination to the relatives of those who refused vaccination (p < 0.001).
Conclusions: Healthcare workers have priority among high-risk groups considered candidates for early vaccination. Therefore, it is important to consider health professionals' attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination to better address barriers to widespread vaccination. The role of healthcare professionals is also important, as it encourages the entire community to be vaccinated with role-modeling behavior and advises patients and communities.
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