The SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy among the general population: a large cross-sectional study from Kuwait
journal contributionposted on 2022-03-15, 12:14 authored by Waleed Burhamah, Abdulaziz AlKhayyat, Melinda Oroszlányová, Ahmad AlKenane, Hana Jafar, Mousa Behbehani, Abdulrahman Almansouri
Although the approved COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective, multiple beliefs and misconceptions still exist influencing the vaccine uptake rates around the world. The multifaceted complex phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy could jeopardize the efforts to overcome this pandemic. The aim of this study is to identify the prevalence and examine the factors associated with vaccine hesitancy in Kuwait. This is a web-based cross-sectional study conducted in Kuwait from March 2021 until April 2021, during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our questionnaire examined basic demographic information, attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccines as well as reasons for and against accepting the vaccine. Out of the 2345 responders, the majority are fully convinced to take the vaccine (83%) and the rate of vaccine hesitancy is 17%. Vaccine hesitancy is higher among non-healthcare workers, those previously positive for the COVID-19 virus, and those against vaccines in general. Vaccine hesitancy could jeopardize the efforts to overcome this pandemic; therefore, intensifying nationwide education and dismissal of falsified information is an essential step towards addressing vaccine hesitancy.
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Published CitationBurhamah W, et al. The SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy among the general population: a large cross-sectional study from Kuwait. Cureus. 2021;13(7):e16261.
Publication Date8 July 2021
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