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Willingness to Receive the COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines among the Saudi Population and Vaccine Uptake during the Initial Stage of the National Vaccination Campaign: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh 13412, Saudi Arabia
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Vaccines 2021, 9(7), 765; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9070765
Received: 7 May 2021 / Revised: 4 June 2021 / Accepted: 12 June 2021 / Published: 8 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vaccines: Uptake and Equity in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic)
This study aimed to assess the willingness to receive the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and seasonal influenza vaccines and vaccine uptake during the early stage of the national vaccination campaign in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional online survey was conducted among adult Saudis between 20 January and 20 March 2021. The questionnaire addressed vaccine hesitancy, perceived risk, willingness, and vaccine uptake. Approximately 39% of the participants expressed vaccine hesitancy, and 29.8% and 24% felt highly vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, respectively. The majority (59.5%) were willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, although only 31.7% were willing to receive the flu vaccine. Adjusted analysis showed that vaccine hesitancy (OR 0.34, 95% CI 0.27–0.43) and the perception of being at high risk (OR 2.78, 95% CI 1.68–4.60) independently affected the intention to be vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy was similar among those who were willing to be vaccinated (29.8%) and those who had already been vaccinated (33.1%). The perceived risk was significantly higher among those who had been vaccinated (48.1%) than among those who were willing to be vaccinated but had not yet been vaccinated (29.1%). In conclusion, the acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia is high. Saudis who received the vaccine had a similar level of vaccine hesitancy and a higher level of perceived risk. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; seasonal influenza; vaccine; uptake; pandemic; Saudi Arabia COVID-19; seasonal influenza; vaccine; uptake; pandemic; Saudi Arabia
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Fayed, A.A.; Al Shahrani, A.S.; Almanea, L.T.; Alsweed, N.I.; Almarzoug, L.M.; Almuwallad, R.I.; Almugren, W.F. Willingness to Receive the COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines among the Saudi Population and Vaccine Uptake during the Initial Stage of the National Vaccination Campaign: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Vaccines 2021, 9, 765. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9070765

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Fayed AA, Al Shahrani AS, Almanea LT, Alsweed NI, Almarzoug LM, Almuwallad RI, Almugren WF. Willingness to Receive the COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines among the Saudi Population and Vaccine Uptake during the Initial Stage of the National Vaccination Campaign: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Vaccines. 2021; 9(7):765. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9070765

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Fayed, Amel A., Abeer S. Al Shahrani, Leenah T. Almanea, Nardeen I. Alsweed, Layla M. Almarzoug, Reham I. Almuwallad, and Waad F. Almugren. 2021. "Willingness to Receive the COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines among the Saudi Population and Vaccine Uptake during the Initial Stage of the National Vaccination Campaign: A Cross-Sectional Survey" Vaccines 9, no. 7: 765. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9070765

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