Healthcare worker perspectives on COVID-19 vaccines: Implications for increasing vaccine acceptance among healthcare workers and patients

Christine M. Thomas, Kelly Searle, Alma Galván, Amy K. Liebman, Erin M. Mann, Jonathan D. Kirsch, William M. Stauffer

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Abstract

Objective: To understand COVID-19 vaccine perspectives among healthcare workers serving diverse communities. Methods: A dual English/Spanish survey was distributed to healthcare workers in the United States from 3/12/2021–4/22/2021 by the Migrant Clinicians Network, Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, and social media advertisement to general primary care workers. Results: 517 responses were at least 50% complete and included in the analysis. Among these, 88% (457/517) indicated vaccine acceptance. Factors associated with acceptance included not reporting any vaccine concerns, identifying as male, ≥65 years of age, being a physician or advanced practice provider, and interacting directly with patients from refugee, immigrant, and migrant (RIM) communities. Participants identified educational information as most helpful for themselves when making a vaccine decision, but a healthcare provider's recommendation as most helpful for their patients. Conclusion: Healthcare workers, especially those serving RIM communities, are vaccine accepting. Tailoring vaccine-related information to healthcare workers may improve vaccine confidence for both themselves and patients who rely on them for information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2612-2618
Number of pages7
JournalVaccine
Volume40
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the International Organization for Migration through an award to the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants [ CK000495-03-00/ES1874 ]. CT receives support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [ T32 AI055433 ]. This work is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding organizations.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • COVID-19
  • Healthcare worker
  • Immigrant
  • Refugee
  • Vaccine

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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