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Dwivedi D, Pandey U, McDonell S, Hehir M, Lindow SW. Intention to Vaccinate against SARS-CoV-2 amongst Healthcare Workers in India: A Multicenter Cross-sectional Study. J South Asian Feder Obs Gynae 2021; 13 (4):236-239.
Aim and objective: The high fatality rate of the corona virus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the development of vaccines over a very short period of time. This is a study to assess the vaccine acceptability among Indian healthcare workers (HCWs) and to evaluate the knowledge, fears, and intentions among them regarding COVID-19 vaccination and to estimate the number of HCWs who will accept or refuse vaccination.
Materials and methods: A multicenter cross-sectional study on COVID-19 vaccination was done in three tertiary hospitals by an anonymous online questionnaire. Doctors, nurses, students, and laboratory and administration staff were invited to take part.
Results: A total of 314 HCWs participated voluntarily in the survey. Among the participants, 75.1% of them would definitely/probably accept the vaccination, and 24.8% would definitely/probably refuse if it were made available. Significant factors in the refusal were skepticism in the efficacy and safety of a vaccine.
Conclusion: The majority of the respondents (75.1%) in our study were willing to receive and accept the vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus However, concerns about efficacy and safety of the vaccine need to be addressed to increase the uptake and ensuring coverage of large population in order to attain herd immunity against COVID-19.
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