Data from 23 countries show vaccine resistance to covid among health professionals


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unexpected hesitation

Although the hesitation or even the refusal to take the vaccine against covid-19 surprised everyone, it is most surprising that this hesitation was particularly strong among health professionals.

Since physicians and nurses are direct “influencers” – or even determinants – of how the population responds to health care, the researchers wanted to better understand the factors contributing to the hesitation of vaccination among health professionals.

To this end, Jeanna Leigh and her colleagues from different institutions and different backgrounds analyzed data from 23 countries to assess the association between the hesitation to take the vaccine and different sociodemographic and vaccine perception factors against covid-19, including risk perceptions, vaccine efficacy, safety and reliability.

The study was used on 23,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and the United States.

Among those interviewed, 3,295 identified themselves as health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, and health professionals.

Disturbing results

The responses revealed that although most healthcare professionals had received one or more doses of one of the covid-19 vaccines, a significant proportion of them reported hesitation.

On average, no less than 15% of healthcare professionals reported reluctance to accept a covid-19 vaccine, and 4% said they would refuse it completely – reluctantly, the figure ranged from 6.5% to 22% depending on of the professional category.

Concerns about safety and risk and lack of confidence that vaccines would be distributed to the entire population were strongly associated with hesitation, even more so than concerns about the vaccine’s effectiveness. Vaccination hesitation was more common among low-income and to a lesser extent health professionals – doctors were the least hesitant.

“These results are worrying,” said Dean El-Mohandes, of the University of Barcelona (Spain). “as the hesitation of healthcare professionals may adversely affect the perception of society, particularly among patients and families, and may contribute to the rejection or delay of the adoption of the covid-19 vaccine.”

The vaccination dust

The vaccination delay was defined in the study as a delay in acceptance or a complete refusal to be vaccinated despite the fact that doses and services were readily available.

Nearly one-sixth (15.0%) of the general sample reported some degree of hesitation with the vaccine, stronger among others health professionals (22.0%) and community health professionals (16.8%) than nurses (13.6%) and lower among physicians (6.5%).

Perceptions about the vaccine’s risk, efficacy, safety and reliability were significant barriers to vaccination among all types of healthcare professionals.

Check with scientific article:

Article: Factors affecting the hesitation of COVID-19 vaccines among healthcare providers in 23 countries
Authors: Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Stephana J. Moss, Trenton M. White, Camila A. Picchio, Kenneth H. Rabin, Scott C. Ratzan, Katarzyna Wyka, Ayman El-Mohandes, Jeffrey V. Lazarus
Release: Vaccine
DOI: 10.1016 / j.vaccine.2022.04.097

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