Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Among Undergraduate Students

Authors

  • Muhammad Ali Abid Bahria University, Medical and Dental College, Karachi Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ashraf Buzdar Bahria University, Medical and Dental College, Karachi Pakistan
  • Shizma Junejo Bahria University, Medical and Dental College, Karachi Pakistan
  • Nasim Karim Bahria University, Medical and Dental College, Karachi Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v73i2.7631

Keywords:

Acceptance, COVID 19, Knowledge, Non-acceptance, Students, Vaccine

Abstract

Objective: To assess the acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine among medical and non-medical undergraduate students and compare the COVID-19 vaccine receptivity differences between medical and non-medical undergraduate students.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Bahria University Medical & Dental College, and Bahria University Karachi Campus Pakistan, from Mar to Jun 2021.

Methodology: In this study, a total of 392 participants, were selected by non-probability convenience sampling. Students aged 19-26 years were enrolled. Participants were required to sign a voluntary consent form prior to participation. The questionnaire included 21 questions inclusive of demographic characteristics, insight regarding COVID-19 disease, prior EPI vaccine exposure, attitude towards COVID-19 vaccine, including the importance of vaccine to end the pandemic, acceptance of vaccine along with reasons and non-acceptance and sent by email as a Google form to participants.

Results: There were 171(43.6%) males and females 218(55.6%). The mean age of participants was 20.7±2.29 years. 217(55.4%) students were from the MBBS programs, and 175(44.6%) were from non-MBBS programs. COVID-19 vaccine acceptability was better amongst medical students, with 182(83.9%) considering it safe for use in contrast to 5(2.8%) non-medical students who considered it safe.

Conclusion: The comparison of knowledge and attitudes towards accepting the COVID-19 vaccine between medical students and non-medical students revealed better acceptance amongst undergraduate medical students than non-medical undergraduate students.

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Published

05-05-2023

How to Cite

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Abid MA, Buzdar MA, Junejo S, Karim N. Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Among Undergraduate Students. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2023 May 5 [cited 2024 May 25];73(2):595-97. Available from: https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/7631

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