What is it about?
Covid19 vaccine hesitancy is primarily driven by concerns about side effects and inadequate evidence about long term COVID-19 vaccine safety, efficacy and quality associated with the speedy approval. Increasing vaccine confidence in health workers is a good starting point to addressing vaccine hesitancy since health workers have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Covid-19 vaccine can protect them and subsequently an essential resource of the health system and society. Moreover, health workers are cited as the most trusted source for guidance about vaccine choices by populations. Thus, increasing trust among health workers can have the positive effect of building trust and confidence in Covid-19 vaccines for the whole population. However, in our study, 2/3rd out of the 614 healthcare workers were hesitant to COVID-19 vaccine (either delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccination despite the availability of vaccination services).
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Why is it important?
Our finding is important to understand the problem and design policy and other interventions to increase vaccination uptake at any level of care for any type of vaccine.
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This page is a summary of: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Ethiopian healthcare workers, PLoS ONE, December 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0261125.
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