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COVID-19 vaccine acceptability and its determinants in Mozambique: an online survey

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dc.contributor.author Dula, Janeth
dc.contributor.author Mulhanga, Alexandre
dc.contributor.author Nhanombe, Armindo
dc.contributor.author Cumbi, Laurentino
dc.contributor.author Júnior, António
dc.contributor.author Gwatsvaira, Joe
dc.contributor.author Nelson Siewe Fodjo, Joseph
dc.contributor.author de Moura Villela, Edlaine Faria
dc.contributor.author Chicumbe, Sérgio
dc.contributor.author Colebunders, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-30T13:57:43Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-30T13:57:43Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10430
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract A high worldwide SARS-CoV-2 vaccine coverage must be attained to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, we assessed the level of willingness of Mozambicans to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Data were collected between 11 and 20 March 2021, through a self-administered online survey. Of the 1878 respondents, 30.1% were healthcare workers, 58.3% were aged between 18 and 35 years, 60% were male, and 38.5% were single. Up to 43% had been tested for COVID-19 and 29% had tested positive. Overall vaccine acceptability was 71.4% (86.6% among healthcare workers, 64.8% among other respondents; p < 0.001). Reasons for vaccine hesitancy included: fear of vaccine side effects (29.6%) and the belief that the vaccine is not effective (52%). The acceptability of the SARS CoV-2 vaccine increased with increasing vaccine efficacy. Using logistic regression, determinants for acceptability of the vaccine were: older age, a past COVID-19 test, a concern of becoming (re)infected by COVID-19, having a chronic disease, and considering vaccination important for personal and community health. In conclusion, vaccine acceptability in Mozambique was relatively high among healthcare workers but significantly lower in the rest of the population. This suggests that there is a need to educate the general population about SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and its importance. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vaccines;9, 828
dc.subject SARS-CoV-2 en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.subject vaccine acceptability en_US
dc.subject Mozambique en_US
dc.subject online survey en_US
dc.title COVID-19 vaccine acceptability and its determinants in Mozambique: an online survey en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/vaccines9080828
dc.contributor.sponsor VLIRUOS (Flemish Interuniversity Council for University Development Cooperation) en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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