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Perceptions of Parents towards COVID-19 Vaccination in Children, Aseer Region, Southwestern Saudi Arabia

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Department of Child Health, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha 62529, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha 62529, Saudi Arabia
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Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha 62529, Saudi Arabia
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Medical Student, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha 62529, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Community Medicine, Integral University, Kursi Road, Lucknow 226026, India
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Academic Editor: Alessandra Casuccio
Vaccines 2022, 10(8), 1222; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10081222
Received: 1 July 2022 / Revised: 25 July 2022 / Accepted: 28 July 2022 / Published: 30 July 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 Vaccination: Considerations for Public Health and Policy)
Vaccines are an important part of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan. This cross-sectional study aims to assess the attitude and perception levels of parents toward COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 0–18 years in the Aseer region of Saudi Arabia. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 16.0. Out of a total of 1463 parents, 30.6% assumed that COVID-19 vaccination may be more dangerous for children than adults. Nearly 36.5% parents don’t have any concern about children’s vaccination. About 12.8% of children have not received the vaccination, 55% of parents have some sort of hesitation and 32.2% of parents did not hesitate before vaccinating their children against COVID-19. Only 15.4% of parents expect that the COVID-19 vaccine affects their child’s genes. About 23.4% parents strongly agreed and 35.1% agreed about the importance of getting their children vaccinated. About 22.1% of parents strongly agreed and 33.3% agreed regarding their willingness to get their children vaccinated to prevent Coronavirus disease. More than 80% of parents recommended rushing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Health professionals and policymakers should implement and support strategies to ensure children are vaccinated for COVID-19. They also need to educate parents and families regarding childhood vaccination. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception; parents; COVID-19; vaccination; children; Aseer region; Saudi Arabia perception; parents; COVID-19; vaccination; children; Aseer region; Saudi Arabia
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Shati, A.A.; Al-Qahtani, S.M.; Alsabaani, A.A.; Mahmood, S.E.; Alqahtani, Y.A.; AlQahtani, K.M.; Aldarami, M.S.; AlAmri, F.D.; Alqahtani, A.S.; AlHadi, A.M.; Ahmad, A.; Riaz, F.A. Perceptions of Parents towards COVID-19 Vaccination in Children, Aseer Region, Southwestern Saudi Arabia. Vaccines 2022, 10, 1222. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10081222

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Shati AA, Al-Qahtani SM, Alsabaani AA, Mahmood SE, Alqahtani YA, AlQahtani KM, Aldarami MS, AlAmri FD, Alqahtani AS, AlHadi AM, Ahmad A, Riaz FA. Perceptions of Parents towards COVID-19 Vaccination in Children, Aseer Region, Southwestern Saudi Arabia. Vaccines. 2022; 10(8):1222. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10081222

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Shati, Ayed A., Saleh M. Al-Qahtani, Abdullah A. Alsabaani, Syed E. Mahmood, Youssef A. Alqahtani, Khalid M. AlQahtani, Mohammed S. Aldarami, Fahad D. AlAmri, Abdulrahman Saad Alqahtani, Abdulrahman M. AlHadi, Ausaf Ahmad, and Fatima A. Riaz. 2022. "Perceptions of Parents towards COVID-19 Vaccination in Children, Aseer Region, Southwestern Saudi Arabia" Vaccines 10, no. 8: 1222. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10081222

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