Beliefs and Barriers Associated with COVID-19 Vaccination Among the General Population in Saudi Arabia [post]

Rania M Magadmi, Fatemah O. Kamel
2020 unpublished
Background: Developing a vaccine against COVID-19 is considered a key strategy to end the pandemic. However, public acceptance is reliant on beliefs and perception toward the vaccine. Therefore, the study aimed to assess the beliefs and barriers associated with COVID-19 vaccination among the Saudi population. Methods: An online self-administered questionnaire was distributed across the main regions of Saudi Arabia on May 2020. The questionnaire addressed the socio-demographic variables, beliefs
more » ... toward COVID-19 vaccination, and potential barriers that may prevent participants from being vaccinated. The association between COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and sociodemographic variables were analyzed. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify the predicting variables of vaccine acceptance.Results: Out of 3,101 participants, 44.7% are accepting of COVID-19 vaccination if available, whereas 55.3% admitted hesitancy. Younger, male, with secondary education, history of taking previous seasonal influenza vaccine, and positive belief toward COVID-19 vaccination are more likely to accept. The study found that concerns about side effects were the key barrier for vaccine acceptance. Furthermore, the majority of refusers will accept the vaccine if additional studies confirmed safety and effectiveness. Conclusion: Results can be utilized in planning vaccination campaigns while waiting for vaccine development.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:deony4virnasln47biqjhgpa2e