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New Emirates Medical Journal

ISSN (Online): 0250-6882

Research Article

Healthcare Workers’ Readiness for COVID-19 Vaccination Using Health Belief Model

Author(s): Tengiz Verulava* and Nita Verulava

Volume 5, 2024

Published on: 27 March, 2024

Article ID: e02506882297196 Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/0102506882297196240320093725



Objective: Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination of medical personnel reduces the spread of infection the research aimed to evaluate healthcare professionals' attitudes toward vaccination by the health belief model.

Methods: A quantitative, cross-sectional research design was used for the study.

Results: Most medical personnel agreed to get the COVID-19 vaccination (84%; n=384). Medical workers over 45 (90%) showed more readiness for vaccination. The main pushbacks against the vaccination included the development of a vaccine in a short period (n=56; 73.7%), fear of side effects (n=49; 64.5%), lack of reliable information about vaccination (n=35; 46.1%), negative information spread by the media (n=26, 34.2%). Recommendations by healthcare workers (63.9%), health authorities (73.1), media (70%), large number of people being vaccinated (72.6%), and provision of trustworthy information (71.3%) facilitate vaccination.

Conclusion: The high rate of COVID-19 vaccination among medical personnel shows that they have a high risk perception of infection. Among Health Belief Model components, cues to actions were most important in willingness to carry out vaccination. Recommendations of the WHO and scientists significantly influence the willingness to carry out vaccination. The regulatory responsibilities of the state and the public's trust in it play a crucial role in raising the population's awareness about the vaccine.

Keywords: Health belief model, Health workers, Consent to vaccination, COVID-19, Mortality rate, Pandemic.

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