Parents' views on the acceptability of a COVID-19 vaccine for their children: A cross-sectional study in Abu Dhabi-United Arab Emirates.Vaccine. 2022 09 09; 40(38):5562-5568.V
The United Arab Emirates had approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children. Assessing parents' acceptance of the vaccine for their children will influence decision-making in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.
Parents registered inthe AbuDhabiDepartmentofEducation (12,000 families) were invitedtocompleteanonlinequestionnaire from 8th September 2021 to 17th October 2021. Out of the 12,000 families, 2510 (21%) participants answered the survey. The questionnaire investigated the parents' attitudes and beliefs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccination rate among this group of respondents was high, with 2255 (89.9%) having received two doses and 1002 (45.5%) having already received a booster dose. Acceptance of the respondents to vaccinate their children was high, (75.1%) said they would vaccinate their children, with 64.4% reporting that they would immediately vaccinate their children if the vaccine were made available. Determinants of COVID-19 child vaccination acceptance included the respondent's vaccination status-i.e., if the respondent is already vaccinated (OR 4.96 [2.89-8.53]) or has taken the third dose (OR 2.37 [1.4-4.01])-their children's age (OR 1.11 [1.30-1.18] for older children), and their trust in the following information sources: the government (OR 2.53 [1.61-3.98]), health care providers (OR 1.98 [1.2-3.24]), or social media (OR 2.17 [1.22-3.88]). Increased level of education had a negative impact on the acceptance of giving the vaccine to children (OR 0.63 [0.52-0.77]); fear of side effects OR 0.000164 (0.000039-0.001) was another determinant. The main factor that encouraged parents to give their children the vaccine was to protect their child's health as reported by 1537 (55.5%) participants.
The Abu Dhabi community is highly accepting of the vaccine for their children. Future studies of how this vaccine acceptance can influence the pandemic are needed.