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Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia

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Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia, Calle 155A No. 23–58, Floridablanca 681003, Colombia
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University of São Paulo, R. da Reitoria, 374–Cidade Universitária, Butantã, São Paulo 3550308, SP, Brazil
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Hospital Departamental del Quindio, San Juan de Dios, Universidad del Quindio, Armenia, Quindio 630004, Colombia
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Sociedad Colombiana de Anestesiología y Reanimación, Bogotá 110911, Colombia
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Asociación Colombiana de Medicina Interna, Bogotá 110911, Colombia
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Unit of Scientific Research, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), Tegucigalpa 11101, Honduras
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Latin American Network of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Research (LANCOVID), Pereira, Risaralda 660003, Colombia
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Laboratory of Microbiology, Department of Pathology, Molecular and Cell-Based Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029-6574, USA
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Institutode Investigaciones Biomédicas IDB/Incubadora Venezolana de la Ciencia, Barquisimeto 3001, Venezuela
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Grupo de Investigación Biomedicina, Faculty of Medicine, Fundación Universitaria Autónoma de las Americas, Pereira, Risaralda 660003, Colombia
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School of Medicine, Universidad Privada Franz Tamayo, Cochabamba 4780, Bolivia
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In Memoriam: Carballo-Zarate died from COVID-19.
Academic Editors: Alberto E. Paniz-Mondolfi and Mia Sordillo
Vaccines 2021, 9(3), 287; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030287
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 14 March 2021 / Accepted: 14 March 2021 / Published: 19 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Epidemiology of COVID-19)
Introduction: The SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the need to develop rapidly effective and safe vaccines to prevent infection, particularly in those at-risk populations such as medical personnel. This study’s objective was to assess the perception of COVID-19 vaccination amongst Colombian physicians featuring two different scenarios of COVID-19 vaccination. Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study was carried out through an online survey directed at medical staff in several cities in Colombia. The percentage of physicians who have a positive perception to be vaccinated and the associated factors that determine that decision were determined. A binomial regression analysis adjusted for age and sex was carried out, taking as a dependent variable the acceptance of free vaccination with an effectiveness of 60 and 80%. The most significant factors were determined in the non-acceptance of vaccination. Results: Between 77.0% and 90.7% of physicians in Colombia accept COVID-19 vaccination, according to the scenario evaluated where the vaccine’s effectiveness was 60 or 80%, respectively. Medical specialty, having never paid for a vaccine, recommending the administration of the vaccine to their parents or people over 70 years, and dispensing the vaccine to their children, were the factors to consider to be vaccinated for free with an effectiveness of 60% and 80%. Conclusions: There is a high perception of the intention to vaccinate physicians in Colombia against COVID-19, and this is very similar to that of the general population. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pandemic; medical staff; vaccine COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pandemic; medical staff; vaccine
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Alvarado-Socarras, J.L.; Vesga-Varela, A.L.; Quintero-Lesmes, D.C.; Fama-Pereira, M.M.; Serrano-Diaz, N.C.; Vasco, M.; Carballo-Zarate, V.; Zambrano, L.I.; Paniz-Mondolfi, A.; Rodriguez-Morales, A.J. Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia. Vaccines 2021, 9, 287. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030287

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Alvarado-Socarras JL, Vesga-Varela AL, Quintero-Lesmes DC, Fama-Pereira MM, Serrano-Diaz NC, Vasco M, Carballo-Zarate V, Zambrano LI, Paniz-Mondolfi A, Rodriguez-Morales AJ. Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia. Vaccines. 2021; 9(3):287. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030287

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Alvarado-Socarras, Jorge L., Andrea L. Vesga-Varela, Doris C. Quintero-Lesmes, Marcela M. Fama-Pereira, Norma C. Serrano-Diaz, Mauricio Vasco, Virgil Carballo-Zarate, Lysien I. Zambrano, Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi, and Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales 2021. "Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia" Vaccines 9, no. 3: 287. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030287

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