Attitudes of Healthcare Personnel towards Vaccinations before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Caterina Ledda, Claudio Costantino, Mario Cuccia, Helena C. Maltezou, Venerando Rapisarda
2021 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  
Vaccines constitute highly effective tools for controlling and eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and are assessed to avert between two to three million deaths per year globally. Healthcare personnel (HCP) constitute a priority group for several vaccinations. However, studies indicate significant rates of vaccine hesitancy among them and, therefore, of acceptance of vaccination recommendations. This cross-sectional study was conducted in a university hospital in Southern Italy to
more » ... Southern Italy to assess the knowledge and attitudes of HCP about VPDs before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, estimate their intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and search for determinants that may influence their choice. A self-administered questionnaire was used. HCP improved their knowledge about VPDs and were more favorable to vaccinations in September–December 2020 compared to January–December 2019. Overall, 75% of respondents would get a COVID-19 vaccine. Our findings indicate a potential role of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Italian HCP's knowledge and attitudes towards vaccines.
doi:10.3390/ijerph18052703 pmid:33800187 fatcat:dlbceh2r6vd5rbyaeqb44s35xq