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COVID-19 Vaccination Among U.S. Healthcare Practitioners

In a Sept. 2021 survey of U.S. healthcare practitioners (HCP), large percentages report personally receiving COVID-19 vaccines plus boosters and making strong vaccine recommendations to patients to get vaccinated. Despite these promising results, some HCPs “harbor similar concerns to the public,” the authors conclude. “Additional resources — regularly updated to explain the progressing scientific landscape and address ever evolving public concerns — are needed to further improve vaccine coverage among HCP and aid them in supporting the decision-making of their patients.”

Responses of HCPs via a double opt-in network panel were compiled and tested using regression analysis. The results showed the following: “>94% of the 1,074 HCP surveyed reported receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or intending to soon, with vaccinating most common among pediatricians (98%), followed by family medicine doctors (96%), pharmacists (94%), and nurses/nurse practitioners/physician assistants (88%). HCP with high trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had 26 times the odds of vaccinating of HCP with low trust (95%CI: 9, 74). Nearly half of unvaccinated HCP (47%) were concerned about side effects, and one third of unvaccinated HCP (33%) were concerned the vaccine was developed too quickly. About three quarters of HCP reported strongly recommending the Pfizer-BioNTech (75%) and Moderna (70%) vaccines to their patients, compared to about one quarter (24%) strongly recommending Johnson & Johnson.”

Source: Vaccine