A new 23-country study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the journal Vaccine sheds light on the factors that contribute to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among healthcare providers.
The survey was administered to 23,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States in June 2021. Among the respondents, 3,295 identified as healthcare providers, such as physicians, nurses and community health workers.
Responses revealed that, although most healthcare providers had received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, a substantial minority reported hesitancy. Four hundred ninety-four (15.0%) of the participants reported being reluctant to accept a COVID-19 vaccine, and 132 (4.0%) of those said they would outright refuse it.
“These findings are troubling,” says Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of the CUNY School of Public Health, “Since healthcare workers’ hesitancy may influence community perceptions negatively, especially among patients and family members, and can contribute to their refusal or delayed uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.” Dean El-Mohandes is also a Co-Principal for PRI.
Read more about the study at CUNY SPH.