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Understanding perception and acceptance of Sinopharm vaccine and vaccination against COVID-19 in the UAE.
BMC Public Health. 2021 08 30; 21(1):1602.BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the world has reached an important milestone where vaccinations are discovered and are proven to be effective against SARS-COV-2 infections. Though vaccines against COVID-19 are now available, around the globe there is some hesitancy in getting the vaccine. This hesitancy to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is a complex phenomenon with various factors playing a role. This study aims at understanding the perception and expectations of the people about COVID-19 vaccine and the factors influencing the vaccine acceptance. This information is crucial to challenge vaccine hesitancy and to win the combat against the COVID-19 Pandemic through voluntary vaccine efforts.

METHODS

A cross-sectional survey among the residents of the UAE to understand the expectations and perception on vaccination against COVID-19. The survey was conducted online, and the survey design included participant samples to be representative of UAE's demographics. The results of the survey were analysed with various demographical variables of interest.

RESULTS

The survey showed that people were more likely to get vaccinated when vaccines are (i) endorsed by trusted government health authorities, (ii) recommended by physicians and family doctors, and (iii) the merits are effectively communicated through government websites and trusted news channels. Availability of vaccines at multiple sites and providing vaccines free of charges are likely to improve the rate of vaccination. The perceptions, expectations and the motivational factors needed for people to get vaccinated differed with age, gender, marital status, income level, and employment status.

CONCLUSION

To attain herd immunity against COVID-19, a large proportion of the population needs to be vaccinated and to achieve this the vaccination campaigns should target on specific expectations and motivational factors pertaining to each target group to successfully overcome the challenge of vaccine hesitancy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

G42 Health Care, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE.G42 Health Care, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. subhashini.g@g42.ai.YouGov, Canyan Business center, Barsha Heights, Dubai, UAE.G42 Health Care, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. College of Medicine and Health Sciences United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, UAE.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34461846

Citation

Ahamed, Faheem, et al. "Understanding Perception and Acceptance of Sinopharm Vaccine and Vaccination Against COVID-19 in the UAE." BMC Public Health, vol. 21, no. 1, 2021, p. 1602.
Ahamed F, Ganesan S, James A, et al. Understanding perception and acceptance of Sinopharm vaccine and vaccination against COVID-19 in the UAE. BMC Public Health. 2021;21(1):1602.
Ahamed, F., Ganesan, S., James, A., & Zaher, W. A. (2021). Understanding perception and acceptance of Sinopharm vaccine and vaccination against COVID-19 in the UAE. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1602. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11620-z
Ahamed F, et al. Understanding Perception and Acceptance of Sinopharm Vaccine and Vaccination Against COVID-19 in the UAE. BMC Public Health. 2021 08 30;21(1):1602. PubMed PMID: 34461846.
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