Rola Al Habashneh1*, Dalia Al Ajeilat2, Tahani Abu Al-teen T3 and Mohammad Al Rawashdehd4
1Department of Preventive Dentistry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan 2MClin Dent Prostho, Private, Jordan 3College of Dentistry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan 4College of Nursing, Jordan University of Science & Technology, JordanFulltext PDF
Introduction: COVID-19 remains persistent in its spread and dentists are at high risk of disease transmission. This study aims to assess the level of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among dentists, their knowledge and attitude regarding the vaccine, and the factors contributing to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and acceptance. Method: An anonymous online questionnaire containing 24 items was circulated via the various social media platforms to dentists worldwide. Responses were analyzed using t-test analysis for continuous variables and chi-square for categorical variables. Results: Among 612 respondents, 34% expressed hesitancy towards the COVID-19 vaccine. This hesitancy was significantly higher in the younger age groups and progressed to subside with age. The main motives for taking the vaccine were fear of transmitting COVID-19 to family members and patients, and the main deterrents were insufficient knowledge of the COVID-19 vaccine and fear of possible long-term side effects. Conclusion: The results suggest high levels of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among dentists and a possible presence of innate general vaccine hesitancy. Targeted plans are recommended to increase COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and demand.
COVID-19; Vaccine; Hesitancy; Dentists; Coronavirus
Al Habashneh R, Al Ajeilat D, Tahani Abu Al-teen T, Al Rawashdehd M. Vaccine Hesitancy among Dentists towards COVID-19 Vaccination: A Cross-Sectional Study. Open J Public Health. 2021;3(2):1023..