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Attitudes towards Anti-SARS-CoV2 Vaccination among Healthcare Workers: Results from a National Survey in Italy

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Clinic of Infectious Diseases, University of Bari, 70121 Bari, Italy
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Clinic of Infectious Diseases, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze di Laboratorio e Infettivologiche, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Dipartimento di medicina, University of Padua, 35121 Padua, Italy
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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino Hospital, University of Turin, 10124 Turin, Italy
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Academic Editors: Odile Launay and Liem Binh Luong Nguyen
Viruses 2021, 13(3), 371; https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030371
Received: 15 January 2021 / Revised: 19 February 2021 / Accepted: 23 February 2021 / Published: 26 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Viruses and Vaccines : Past Successes and New Approaches)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has afflicted tens of millions of people, fostering and unprecedent effort in vaccine development and distribution. Healthcare workers (HCW) play a key role in vaccine promotion and patient guidance, and it is likely that hesitancy among this population will have a major impact on the adoption of a successful immunization policy. To investigate HCW attitudes towards anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) vaccination, we developed an anonymous online cross-sectional survey. 1723 Italian HCW responded. Overall, 1155 (67%) intended to be vaccinated, while 443 (26%) were not sure and 125 (7%) declared refusal. In multivariate analysis, factors associated with hesitancy were using Facebook as the main information source and being a non-physician HCW, while predictors of acceptance included younger age, being in close contact with high-risk groups and having received flu vaccination during the 2019–2020 season. Reasons for hesitancy included lack of trust in vaccine safety (85%) and receiving little (78%) or conflicting (69%) information about vaccines. According to our results, adequate investment in vaccine education for healthcare personnel appears to be urgently needed, prioritizing non-physicians and information quality spread through social media. We hope that our data could help governments and policy-makers to target communication in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; vaccine hesitancy; healthcare workers; infectious diseases; cross-sectional survey COVID-19; vaccine hesitancy; healthcare workers; infectious diseases; cross-sectional survey
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Di Gennaro, F.; Murri, R.; Segala, F.V.; Cerruti, L.; Abdulle, A.; Saracino, A.; Bavaro, D.F.; Fantoni, M. Attitudes towards Anti-SARS-CoV2 Vaccination among Healthcare Workers: Results from a National Survey in Italy. Viruses 2021, 13, 371. https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030371

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Di Gennaro F, Murri R, Segala FV, Cerruti L, Abdulle A, Saracino A, Bavaro DF, Fantoni M. Attitudes towards Anti-SARS-CoV2 Vaccination among Healthcare Workers: Results from a National Survey in Italy. Viruses. 2021; 13(3):371. https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030371

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Di Gennaro, Francesco, Rita Murri, Francesco V. Segala, Lorenzo Cerruti, Amina Abdulle, Annalisa Saracino, Davide F. Bavaro, and Massimo Fantoni. 2021. "Attitudes towards Anti-SARS-CoV2 Vaccination among Healthcare Workers: Results from a National Survey in Italy" Viruses 13, no. 3: 371. https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030371

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