COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Iraq: a growing concern
The Medical Journal of Basrah University,
2022, Volume 40, Issue 1, Pages 81-90
AbstractBackground: COVID-19 pandemic has made vaccination more of a necessity than a choice as it continues to spread. The need to combat vaccine hesitancy is more relevant now than ever, given the availability of effective and safe vaccines.
Aims: To assess the acceptance rate of COVID-19 vaccines in Iraq, and to identify the reasons for hesitancy.
Methods: A cross-sectional online survey of 1100 Iraqi citizens was conducted in October 2021. Sociodemographics, willingness to get COVID-19 vaccine and a list of reasons for refusal or hesitancy were collected. These factors were compared across basic demographics.
Results: The acceptance rate for COVID-19 vaccine was 46.1%. Females, older adults and those with higher education had higher acceptance rates for COVID-19 vaccine. The most common concern about the COVID-19 vaccine involved fear about side effects (24.6%).
Conclusion: To achieve effective immunizations, it is vital to develop strategies that encourage vaccinations and ensure optimal coverage.
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