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COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among Health Care Workers in the United States

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
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Department of Medicine, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44139, USA
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Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of Texas Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
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Data Analyst, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
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Academic Editor: Barbara Rath
Vaccines 2021, 9(2), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9020119
Received: 13 January 2021 / Revised: 26 January 2021 / Accepted: 30 January 2021 / Published: 3 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vaccines: Uptake and Equity in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic)
Background: Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine will play a major role in combating the pandemic. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are among the first group to receive vaccination, so it is important to consider their attitudes about COVID-19 vaccination to better address barriers to widespread vaccination acceptance. Methods: We conducted a cross sectional study to assess the attitude of HCWs toward COVID-19 vaccination. Data were collected between 7 October and 9 November 2020. We received 4080 responses out of which 3479 were complete responses and were included in the final analysis. Results: 36% of respondents were willing to take the vaccine as soon as it became available while 56% were not sure or would wait to review more data. Only 8% of HCWs do not plan to get vaccine. Vaccine acceptance increased with increasing age, education, and income level. A smaller percentage of female (31%), Black (19%), Lantinx (30%), and rural (26%) HCWs were willing to take the vaccine as soon as it became available than the overall study population. Direct medical care providers had higher vaccine acceptance (49%). Safety (69%), effectiveness (69%), and speed of development/approval (74%) were noted as the most common concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination in our survey. View Full-Text
Keywords: Covid-19; vaccine; healthcare workers; United States Covid-19; vaccine; healthcare workers; United States
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Shekhar, R.; Sheikh, A.B.; Upadhyay, S.; Singh, M.; Kottewar, S.; Mir, H.; Barrett, E.; Pal, S. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among Health Care Workers in the United States. Vaccines 2021, 9, 119. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9020119

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Shekhar R, Sheikh AB, Upadhyay S, Singh M, Kottewar S, Mir H, Barrett E, Pal S. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among Health Care Workers in the United States. Vaccines. 2021; 9(2):119. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9020119

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Shekhar, Rahul, Abu B. Sheikh, Shubhra Upadhyay, Mriganka Singh, Saket Kottewar, Hamza Mir, Eileen Barrett, and Suman Pal. 2021. "COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among Health Care Workers in the United States" Vaccines 9, no. 2: 119. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9020119

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