COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among health care workers in the united states

Rahul Shekhar, Abu Baker Sheikh, Shubhra Upadhyay, Mriganka Singh, Saket Kottewar, Hamza Mir, Eileen Barrett, Suman Pal

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Abstract

Background: Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine will play a major role in combating the pandemic. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are among the first group to receive vaccination, so it is important to consider their attitudes about COVID-19 vaccination to better address barriers to widespread vaccination acceptance. Methods: We conducted a cross sectional study to assess the attitude of HCWs toward COVID-19 vaccination. Data were collected between 7 October and 9 November 2020. We received 4080 responses out of which 3479 were complete responses and were included in the final analysis. Results: 36% of respondents were willing to take the vaccine as soon as it became available while 56% were not sure or would wait to review more data. Only 8% of HCWs do not plan to get vaccine. Vaccine acceptance increased with increasing age, education, and income level. A smaller percentage of female (31%), Black (19%), Lantinx (30%), and rural (26%) HCWs were willing to take the vaccine as soon as it became available than the overall study population. Direct medical care providers had higher vaccine acceptance (49%). Safety (69%), effectiveness (69%), and speed of development/approval (74%) were noted as the most common concerns regarding COVID- 19 vaccination in our survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number119
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalVaccines
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Healthcare workers
  • United states
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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