June 7, 2022
Newsroom of the Saad Daily News
While the hesitancy or even the denial of getting a COVID-19 vaccine surprised everyone, what was most surprising was that the hesitation was particularly strong among health professionals.
Because doctors and nurses are direct “influencers” — even determinants — of the population’s response to health care, the researchers wanted to better understand the factors that lead health professionals to be hesitant to vaccinate.
To this end, Jeanna Leigh and her colleagues from various institutions and backgrounds analyzed data from 23 countries to assess the association between vaccination hesitancy and various sociodemographic and vaccine perception factors against covid-19, Including risk perception, vaccine efficacy, safety and reliability.
The survey is available in Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and America.
Of those interviewed, 3,295 identified themselves as health professionals, such as doctors, nurses and community health workers.
Responses show that while most health professionals have received one or more doses of one of the vaccines against covid-19, a large proportion of them are hesitant.
On average, no fewer than 15% of health professionals said they would be reluctant to receive a vaccine against covid-19, with 4% saying they would reject it outright — not willing, ranging from 6.5% to 22%, It depends on the specialty category.
Concerns about safety and risk, and a lack of confidence that the vaccine will be distributed to the entire population, go hand in hand with hesitation, even outweighing concerns about vaccine efficacy. Vaccination hesitancy was more common among low-income people and, to a lesser extent, young health professionals-doctors were least hesitant.
“These findings are worrying,” says Dean El-Mohandes from the University of Barcelona (Spain). “Because hesitancy by health professionals can negatively impact perceptions in the community, especially among patients and families, and can lead to denial or delays in covid-19 vaccine adoption.”
Vaccination hesitancy was defined in the study as delay in acceptance or complete refusal of vaccination despite readily available doses and services.
Almost one in six (15.0%) of the general sample reported some degree of vaccine hesitancy, more strongly among other health professionals (22.0%) and community health workers (16.8%) than nurses (13.6%), and among physicians The median was lower (6.5%).
Perceptions of vaccine risk, efficacy, safety, and reliability are significant barriers to vaccination for all types of health professionals.
article: Factors influencing healthcare provider hesitancy about a COVID-19 vaccine in 23 countries
By Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Stephana J. Moss, Trenton M. White, Camila A. Picchio, Kenneth H. Rabin, Scott C. Ratzan, Katarzyna Wyka, Ayman El-Mohandes, Jeffrey V. Lazarus