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Global Prevalence and Drivers of Dental Students’ COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

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Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, 62500 Brno, Czech Republic
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International Association of Dental Students (IADS), 1216 Geneva, Switzerland
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Czech National Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation (Cochrane Czech Republic, Czech EBHC: JBI Centre of Excellence, Masaryk University GRADE Centre), Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, 62500 Brno, Czech Republic
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Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Egas Moniz Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, 2829-511 Almada, Portugal
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Oral Health Research and Promotion Unit, Faculty of Dentistry, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem 51000, Palestine
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Public Health Committee, World Dental Federation (FDI), 1216 Geneva, Switzerland
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Academic Editors: Tiziana Ramaci, Massimiliano Barattucci and S. Louise Cosby
Vaccines 2021, 9(6), 566; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060566
Received: 26 April 2021 / Revised: 20 May 2021 / Accepted: 25 May 2021 / Published: 29 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination and Compliance/Hesitancy)
Background: Acceleration of mass vaccination strategies is the only pathway to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare professionals and students have a key role in shaping public opinion about vaccines. This study aimed to evaluate the attitudes of dental students globally towards COVID-19 vaccines and explore the potential drivers for students’ acceptance levels. Methods: A global cross-sectional study was carried out in February 2021 using an online questionnaire. The study was liaised by the scientific committee of the International Association of Dental Students (IADS), and data were collected through the national and local coordinators of IADS member organizations. The dependent variable was the willingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and the independent variables included demographic characteristics, COVID-19-related experience, and the drivers of COVID-19 vaccine-related attitude suggested by the WHO SAGE. Results: A total of 6639 students from 22 countries, representing all world regions, responded to the questionnaire properly. Their mean age was 22.1 ± 2.8 (17–40) years, and the majority were females (70.5%), in clinical years (66.8%), and from upper-middle-income economies (45.7%). In general, 22.5% of dental students worldwide were hesitant, and 13.9% rejected COVID-19 vaccines. The students in low- and lower-middle-income (LLMI) economies had significantly higher levels of vaccine hesitancy compared to their peers in upper-middle- and high-income (UMHI) economies (30.4% vs. 19.8%; p < 0.01). Conclusions: The global acceptance level of dental students for COVID-19 vaccines was suboptimal, and their worrisome level of vaccine hesitancy was influenced by the socioeconomic context where the dental students live and study. The media and social media, public figures, insufficient knowledge about vaccines, and mistrust of governments and the pharmaceutical industry were barriers to vaccination. The findings of this study call for further implementation of epidemiology (infectious diseases) education within undergraduate dental curricula. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19 vaccines; cross-sectional studies; decision making; dental education; dental students; international association of dental students; mass vaccination; multicentre study; social determinants of health COVID-19 vaccines; cross-sectional studies; decision making; dental education; dental students; international association of dental students; mass vaccination; multicentre study; social determinants of health
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Riad, A.; Abdulqader, H.; Morgado, M.; Domnori, S.; Koščík, M.; Mendes, J.J.; Klugar, M.; Kateeb, E.; on behalf of IADS-SCORE. Global Prevalence and Drivers of Dental Students’ COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. Vaccines 2021, 9, 566. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060566

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Riad A, Abdulqader H, Morgado M, Domnori S, Koščík M, Mendes JJ, Klugar M, Kateeb E, on behalf of IADS-SCORE. Global Prevalence and Drivers of Dental Students’ COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. Vaccines. 2021; 9(6):566. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060566

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Riad, Abanoub, Huthaifa Abdulqader, Mariana Morgado, Silvi Domnori, Michal Koščík, José J. Mendes, Miloslav Klugar, Elham Kateeb, and on behalf of IADS-SCORE. 2021. "Global Prevalence and Drivers of Dental Students’ COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy" Vaccines 9, no. 6: 566. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060566

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