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Acceptability of Healthcare Professionals to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19 Two Weeks before Initiation of National Vaccination

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Respiratory Failure Unit, G Papanikolaou Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 55236 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Respiratory Medicine, G Papanikolaou Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 55236 Thessaloniki, Greece
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3rd University General Hospital, “AHEPA” University Hospital, 55236 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Pulmonary Department, “Bioclinic” Private Hospital, 55236 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Radiology Department, Democritus University of Thrace, 68100 Alexandroupolis, Greece
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Academic Editor: Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Received: 3 May 2021 / Revised: 8 June 2021 / Accepted: 9 June 2021 / Published: 12 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Pulmonary)
Background and Objectives The greatest challenge vaccines face is that of acceptance from the general population. Healthcare professionals’ (HCPs) recommendations have significant influence on general public vaccination behavior. The aim of this study was to assess the willingness of HCPs to get vaccinated against COVID-19, two weeks before initiation of vaccinations. Materials and Methods: We conducted an anonymous online survey from 11–15 December 2020 among HCPs by emails delivered from the local medical and nursing stuff associations. Results: The 71.1% of 656 HCPs intended to accept vaccination, 5.9% did not and 23% were still undecided. The acceptance rate was higher in physicians (76.5%) and significantly lower in nurses (48.3%). Most of the responders who intended to accept vaccination were males (p = 0.01), physicians (p = 0.001), older (p = 0.02), married (p = 0.054) with children (p = 0.001), and had treated patients with COVID-19 (p < 0.001). In the multivariate logistic regression, the predictors of HCPs willingness to get vaccinated were parenthood (OR = 4.19, p = 0.003), being a physician (OR = 2.79, p = 0.04), and treating confirmed/suspected COVID-19 patients (OR = 2.87, p = 0.036). Conclusions: Low vaccination acceptance rate was found especially in nurses, and as this may have a negative impact in the vaccination compliance of the general public, interventional educational programs to enhance vaccination are crucial. View Full-Text
Keywords: vaccination; acceptance; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; healthcare professional; physicians; nurses; Greece vaccination; acceptance; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; healthcare professional; physicians; nurses; Greece
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Pataka, A.; Kotoulas, S.; Stefanidou, E.; Grigoriou, I.; Tzinas, A.; Tsiouprou, I.; Zarogoulidis, P.; Courcoutsakis, N.; Argyropoulou, P. Acceptability of Healthcare Professionals to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19 Two Weeks before Initiation of National Vaccination. Medicina 2021, 57, 611. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060611

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Pataka A, Kotoulas S, Stefanidou E, Grigoriou I, Tzinas A, Tsiouprou I, Zarogoulidis P, Courcoutsakis N, Argyropoulou P. Acceptability of Healthcare Professionals to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19 Two Weeks before Initiation of National Vaccination. Medicina. 2021; 57(6):611. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060611

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Pataka, Athanasia, Seraphim Kotoulas, Emilia Stefanidou, Ioanna Grigoriou, Asterios Tzinas, Ioanna Tsiouprou, Paul Zarogoulidis, Nikolaos Courcoutsakis, and Paraskevi Argyropoulou. 2021. "Acceptability of Healthcare Professionals to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19 Two Weeks before Initiation of National Vaccination" Medicina 57, no. 6: 611. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060611

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