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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 250-251
 

Attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination: A cross-sectional study on healthcare professionals


1 Department of Mental Health, Sumandeep Nursing College, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Pharmacy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Date of Submission04-Mar-2021
Date of Decision17-May-2021
Date of Acceptance17-May-2021
Date of Web Publication22-Jun-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ramachandran Balaraman
Department of Pharmacy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijp.ijp_173_21

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Velumani S, Arpita P, Balaraman R. Attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination: A cross-sectional study on healthcare professionals. Indian J Pharmacol 2021;53:250-1

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Velumani S, Arpita P, Balaraman R. Attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination: A cross-sectional study on healthcare professionals. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 4];53:250-1. Available from: https://www.ijp-online.com/text.asp?2021/53/3/250/318968




Sir,

It is a well-known fact that COVID-19 first emerged in late 2019 from Wuhan (China) and became a global threat affecting almost all countries. This has resulted in several morbidity and mortality, which is responsible for affecting the economy of many countries. Several pharmacological agents have been tried to mitigate this illness, but the results were disappointing. Therefore, many countries started developing vaccines with the intention of giving long-term protection. However, there is skepticism among the healthcare workers regarding safety of the vaccines.

At present, many pharmaceutical companies have produced vaccines, and still many healthcare professionals as well as general public are still in a dilemma to get themselves vaccinated. Therefore, an online Likert attitude scale was used to survey the attitude of healthcare professionals from Gujarat toward COVID-19 vaccination.[1] A cross-sectional survey study was conducted at the time of introduction of vaccine (December 2020 to January 2021). A convenient sampling technique was adopted in this study. Healthcare professionals (Medicine, Dental, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, and Paramedical) from the different regions of Gujarat were selected for the study. In the present scenario of global pandemic, investigators utilized social media platforms (E-Mail, WhatsApp, and Facebook) to collect data. Participants were encouraged to pass on the tool to their contacts or acquaintances.

From the above-mentioned study, the healthcare professionals have more negative attitude for the COVID-19 vaccination program. They are skeptical about the safety and efficacy because the vaccines were made available to the public in a very short period of time [Table 1]. The healthcare professionals also suspect that the pharma companies were not given enough time to follow the proper guidelines for completing the clinical trials. Further, participants are also not sure about the effectiveness of vaccine against the COVID-19–mutant strain as well as reoccurrence of infection.
Table 1: Interpretation of the attitude towards COVID-19 vaccination by using a Likert Scale

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Jamieson S. Likert scales: How to use them. Med Educ 2004;38:1217-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
    



 
 
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