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Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia, January 2021

Version 1 : Received: 1 March 2021 / Approved: 3 March 2021 / Online: 3 March 2021 (09:36:41 CET)

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Alvarado-Socarras, J.L.; Vesga-Varela, A.L.; Quintero-Lesmes, D.C.; Fama-Pereira, M.M.; Serrano-Diaz, N.C.; Vasco, M.; Carballo-Zarate, V.; Zambrano, L.I.; Paniz-Mondolfi, A.; Rodriguez-Morales, A.J. Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia. Vaccines 2021, 9, 287. Alvarado-Socarras, J.L.; Vesga-Varela, A.L.; Quintero-Lesmes, D.C.; Fama-Pereira, M.M.; Serrano-Diaz, N.C.; Vasco, M.; Carballo-Zarate, V.; Zambrano, L.I.; Paniz-Mondolfi, A.; Rodriguez-Morales, A.J. Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination Amongst Physicians in Colombia. Vaccines 2021, 9, 287.

Journal reference: Vaccines 2021, 9, 287
DOI: 10.3390/vaccines9030287

Abstract

Introduction: The SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the need for developing rapidly effective and safety vaccines to prevent infection, particularly in those at-risk populations such as medical personnel. The objective of this study was to assess perception of COVID-19 vaccination amongst Colombian physicians featuring two different sceneries of COVID-19 vaccination. Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study was carried out through an online survey, directed at medical staff in several cities in Colombia. The percentage of physicians who have a positive perception to be vaccinated and the associated factors that determine that decision were determined. A binomial regression analysis adjusted for age and sex was carried out, taking as a dependent variable the acceptance of free vaccination with an effectiveness of 60 and 80%. The most significant factors were determined in the non-acceptance of vaccination. Results: Between 77.1% and 90.8% of physicians in Colombia, accept COVID-19 vaccination, according to the scenario evaluated where the effectiveness of the vaccine was 60 or 80%, respectively. Medical specialty, have ever paid for a vaccine, recommend administrating the vaccine to their parents or people over 70 years and dispense the vaccine to their children were the factors to be vaccinated for free with an effectiveness of 60% and 80%. Conclusions: There is a high perception of the intention to vaccinate physicians in Colombia against COVID-19. But it is very similar to that of the general population, according to results reported in other studies.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pandemic; medical staff; vaccine

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