Factors Affecting COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Providers in 23 Countries

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Understanding the hesitancy and acceptance rates of COVID-19 vaccines among healthcare providers.

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Country stakeholders can use the findings to understand the reasons for vaccine hesitancy among healthcare providers and what interventions would help encourage those who are hesitant to vaccinate.

OVERVIEW:

To help address the lack of global data regarding COVID-19 vaccine acceptance/hesitancy among various cadres of healthcare providers, the authors conducted a sub-analysis of the global survey fielded in 23 countries in June 2021 to measure their hesitancy towards receiving vaccination themselves, as well as to understand the reasons underlying vaccine hesitancy or refusal.

Key Messages

  • A substantial minority of healthcare providers report COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

  • Their hesitancy may influence community perceptions negatively, especially among their patients and family members and can contribute to their refusal or delayed uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Campaigns reinforcing vaccine safety, dissemination of scientific data underpinning vaccine development, and clear, consistent, and comprehensive information and engagement supporting the equitable distribution of vaccines are all potentially useful strategies to encourage healthcare professionals who are hesitant to vaccinate.

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