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Factors Associated with Healthcare Workers’ (HCWs) Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Indications of a Role Model towards Population Vaccinations from a Cross-Sectional Survey in Greece, May 2021

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Veria Hospital Unit, Hmathia General Hospital, 59132 Veria, Greece
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Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, 41222 Larissa, Greece
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Farsala Health Center, Regional Practice of Zappeio, 40300 Larissa, Greece
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Operational Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies, Ministry of Health, 10433 Athens, Greece
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Department of Immunology and Histocompatibility, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, 41110 Larissa, Greece
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Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Heraklion, 71500 Heraklion, Greece
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ICU Department, University Hospital of Heraklion, 71500 Heraklion, Greece
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Infection Control Committee, Venizeleio-Pananeio General Hospital, 71409 Heraklion, Greece
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General Directorate of Public Health and Social Welfare, Region of Peloponnese, 22132 Tripoli, Greece
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Artificial Kidney Unit, Department of Hemodialisis, General Hospital of Halkidiki, 63100 Polygyros, Greece
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Directorate of Public Health, Regional Unit of Kavala, 69132 Kavala, Greece
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Paediatric Immunology and Rheumatology Referral Center, First Department of Paediatrics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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First Department of Pathology, University Hospital AHEPA, 54621 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Third Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Unit, “Korgialeneio-Benakeio” Red Cross Hospital, 11526 Athens, Greece
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Second Department of Pediatrics, Aglaia Kyriakou Children’s Hospital, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 11527 Athens, Greece
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Third Department of Paediatrics, Attikon University Hospital, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 12462 Athens, Greece
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Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
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Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, RI 02903, USA
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Institute of Biosciences, University Research Center of loannina, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
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Internal Medicine Department, Infectious Diseases Unit, University Hospital of Heraklion, School of Medicine, University of Crete, 71500 Heraklion, Greece
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Department of Nursing, University of the Peloponnese, 22100 Tripoli, Greece
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(19), 10558; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910558
Received: 12 August 2021 / Revised: 2 October 2021 / Accepted: 4 October 2021 / Published: 8 October 2021
A Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) study was conducted at the end of May 2021 engaging 1456 healthcare workers (HCWs) from 20 hospitals throughout Greece. Acceptance of vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was estimated at 77.7%, with lower vaccine acceptance identified in nurses compared to physicians. Fears related to vaccine safety, lack of information and general knowledge about vaccinations, influenza vaccine acceptance, education level and years of practice were among the factors independently associated with vaccine acceptance. A strong association was identified between vaccination of HCWs in each health region and the population coverage, indicating that HCWs may be role models for the general population. Information campaigns should continue despite decisions taken regarding mandatory vaccinations. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; vaccine; vaccination; healthcare workers; acceptance; vaccine safety; doctors; nurses; role model COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; vaccine; vaccination; healthcare workers; acceptance; vaccine safety; doctors; nurses; role model
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Fotiadis, K.; Dadouli, K.; Avakian, I.; Bogogiannidou, Z.; Mouchtouri, V.A.; Gogosis, K.; Speletas, M.; Koureas, M.; Lagoudaki, E.; Kokkini, S.; Bolikas, E.; Diamantopoulos, V.; Tzimitreas, A.; Papadopoulos, C.; Farmaki, E.; Sofos, A.; Chini, M.; Tsolia, M.; Papaevangelou, V.; Ntzani, E.E.; Gikas, A.; Prezerakos, P.; Hadjichristodoulou, C. Factors Associated with Healthcare Workers’ (HCWs) Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Indications of a Role Model towards Population Vaccinations from a Cross-Sectional Survey in Greece, May 2021. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10558. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910558

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Fotiadis K, Dadouli K, Avakian I, Bogogiannidou Z, Mouchtouri VA, Gogosis K, Speletas M, Koureas M, Lagoudaki E, Kokkini S, Bolikas E, Diamantopoulos V, Tzimitreas A, Papadopoulos C, Farmaki E, Sofos A, Chini M, Tsolia M, Papaevangelou V, Ntzani EE, Gikas A, Prezerakos P, Hadjichristodoulou C. Factors Associated with Healthcare Workers’ (HCWs) Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Indications of a Role Model towards Population Vaccinations from a Cross-Sectional Survey in Greece, May 2021. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(19):10558. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910558

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Fotiadis, Konstantinos, Katerina Dadouli, Ioanna Avakian, Zacharoula Bogogiannidou, Varvara A. Mouchtouri, Konstantinos Gogosis, Matthaios Speletas, Michalis Koureas, Eleni Lagoudaki, Sofia Kokkini, Emmanouil Bolikas, Vasilios Diamantopoulos, Athanasios Tzimitreas, Christos Papadopoulos, Evangelia Farmaki, Antonis Sofos, Maria Chini, Maria Tsolia, Vassiliki Papaevangelou, Evangelia E. Ntzani, Achilleas Gikas, Panagiotis Prezerakos, and Christos Hadjichristodoulou. 2021. "Factors Associated with Healthcare Workers’ (HCWs) Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Indications of a Role Model towards Population Vaccinations from a Cross-Sectional Survey in Greece, May 2021" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 19: 10558. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910558

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