Effect of Information Channels on Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptance among University Students of Rawalpindi/Islamabad: A Cross Sectional Study

Authors

  • Shamaila Mohsin Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Mamoona Zahoor Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Syed Fawad Mashhadi Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Muhammad Anees ur Rehman Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Willma Naeem Abbasi Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Rabiah Javaid Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Zainab Imran Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Usama Faiz Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72iSUPPL-4.9640

Keywords:

COVID-19, Information channels, Mobile networks, Social media, Traditional media, Vaccination

Abstract

Objectives: To find the effect of information channels on Covid-19 acceptance among university students of Rawalpindi/
Islamabad.

Study Design: Cross sectional analytic study.

Place and Duration of Study: Study was conducted in four imminent Universities in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Air University,Rawalpindi Medical University, Riphah University and Quaid-e-Azam University, Rawalpindi, from May to Aug 2022.

Methodology: Participants from four universities in Rawalpindi/Islamabad Pakistan, were recruited for this current research from May to August 2022. A sample size of 377±14 was computed using the Rao soft sample size calculator, maintaining a 5% margin of error and a 95% confidence interval a population proportion (50%). Non-probability convenient sampling was used.Data was analysed using SPSS version 26.

Results: There were 377 students recruited, out of which majority 207(55%) were female. Most of the students were in the Medicine and allied fields 227(60.2%). Almost, half of the respondents (44.56%) received information about the COVID-19 vaccine from mobile networks. The level of trust in vaccine information was also highest for Mobile Networks (31.30%).Participants' perceptions of the covid 19 risk, 156(41%) revealed high concerns for infecting family and friends with the virus.There was a significant association of female gender (p<0.05) and being from the Medicine and allied fields (p=p<0.05) with vaccine acceptance.

Conclusion: In our study the mobile and traditional media were reported as the main sources of information about the
COVID-19 vaccination however they were not significantly associated with vaccine acceptance. Female gender, education
level and being from the Medicine and allied fields was associated with intention to be vaccinated.

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Published

08-12-2022

How to Cite

1.
Mohsin S, Zahoor M, Mashhadi SF, Rehman MA ur, Abbasi WN, Javaid R, et al. Effect of Information Channels on Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptance among University Students of Rawalpindi/Islamabad: A Cross Sectional Study. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 8 [cited 2024 Jul. 25];72(SUPPL-4):S693-97. Available from: https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/9640