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Attitudes of Healthcare Personnel towards Vaccinations before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Occupational Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia, 87 Edificio B Piano 0, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Maternal and Infant Care, Internal Medicine and Excellence Specialties, University of Palermo, Via del Vespro 129, 90127 Palermo, Italy
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Epidemiology and Prevention Unit, Provincial Health Authority of Catania, Via Tevere, San Gregorio di Catania, 95027 Catania, Italy
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Directorate of Research, Studies and Documentation, National Public Health Organization, 3-5 Agrafon Street, 11523 Athens, Greece
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2703; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052703
Received: 3 February 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 4 March 2021 / Published: 8 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stress and Work)
Vaccines constitute highly effective tools for controlling and eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and are assessed to avert between two to three million deaths per year globally. Healthcare personnel (HCP) constitute a priority group for several vaccinations. However, studies indicate significant rates of vaccine hesitancy among them and, therefore, of acceptance of vaccination recommendations. This cross-sectional study was conducted in a university hospital in Southern Italy to assess the knowledge and attitudes of HCP about VPDs before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, estimate their intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and search for determinants that may influence their choice. A self-administered questionnaire was used. HCP improved their knowledge about VPDs and were more favorable to vaccinations in September–December 2020 compared to January–December 2019. Overall, 75% of respondents would get a COVID-19 vaccine. Our findings indicate a potential role of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Italian HCP’s knowledge and attitudes towards vaccines. View Full-Text
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; healthcare personnel; occupational risk; vaccination; knowledge; attitudes; Italy; vaccine hesitancy SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; healthcare personnel; occupational risk; vaccination; knowledge; attitudes; Italy; vaccine hesitancy
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Ledda, C.; Costantino, C.; Cuccia, M.; Maltezou, H.C.; Rapisarda, V. Attitudes of Healthcare Personnel towards Vaccinations before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2703. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052703

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Ledda C, Costantino C, Cuccia M, Maltezou HC, Rapisarda V. Attitudes of Healthcare Personnel towards Vaccinations before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2703. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052703

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Ledda, Caterina; Costantino, Claudio; Cuccia, Mario; Maltezou, Helena C.; Rapisarda, Venerando. 2021. "Attitudes of Healthcare Personnel towards Vaccinations before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 5: 2703. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052703

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