COVID-19 vaccine booster hesitancy (VBH) of healthcare professionals and students in Poland: Cross-sectional survey-based study

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Publikace nespadá pod Pedagogickou fakultu, ale pod Lékařskou fakultu. Oficiální stránka publikace je na webu

ARKADIUSZ Dziedzic ISSA Julien HUSSAIN Mohammad Salman MARTA Tanasiewicz ROBERT Wojtyczka ROBERT Kubina DYSZKIEWICZ Konwinska Marta RIAD Abanoub

Rok publikování 2022
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Frontiers in Public Health
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Lékařská fakulta

Klíčová slova cross-sectional studies; COVID-19 vaccines; decision making; healthcare professionals; vaccination hesitancy; Poland
Popis Since healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a critical role in shaping their local communities' attitudes toward vaccines, HCPs' beliefs and attitudes toward vaccination are of vital importance for primary prevention strategies. The present study was designed as a cross-sectional survey-based study utilizing a self-administered questionnaire to collect data about COVID-19 vaccine booster hesitancy (VBH) among Polish HCPs and students of medical universities (MUSs). Out of the 443 included participants, 76.3% were females, 52.6% were HCPs, 31.8% were previously infected by SARS-CoV-2, and 69.3% had already received COVID-19 vaccine booster doses (VBD). Overall, 74.5% of the participants were willing to receive COVID-19 VBD, while 7.9 and 17.6% exhibited their hesitance and rejection, respectively. The most commonly found promoter for acceptance was protection of one's health (95.2%), followed by protection of family's health (81.8%) and protection of community's health (63.3%). Inferential statistics did not show a significant association between COVID-19 VBH and demographic variables, e.g., age and gender; however, the participants who had been previously infected by SARS-CoV-2 were significantly more inclined to reject the VBD. Protection from severe infection, community transmission, good safety profile, and favorable risk-benefit ratio were the significant determinants of the COVID-19 VBD acceptance and uptake. Fear of post-vaccination side effects was one of the key barriers for accepting COVID-19 VBD, which is consistent with the pre-existing literature. Public health campaigns need to highlight the postulated benefits of vaccines and the expected harms of skipping VBD.
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