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Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines in Palestine: a cross-sectional online study
  1. Hassan J Zawahrah1,
  2. Hanan Saca-Hazboun2,
  3. Shatha S Melhem3,
  4. Rabee Adwan4,
  5. Ali Sabateen5,
  6. Niveen M E Abu-Rmeileh6
  1. 1 Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  2. 2 Faculty of Nursing and Health Science, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine
  3. 3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  4. 4 Infectious Diseases Unit, Makassed Charitable Society Hospital, East Jerusalem, Palestine
  5. 5 Infectious Diseases Unit, Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem, Palestine
  6. 6 Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine
  1. Correspondence to Mr Hassan J Zawahrah; hassan.zawahrah{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction In Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), there have been more than 320 890 known cases of COVID-19, resulting in 3452 deaths. The detrimental effects of the virus can be seen in the nation’s health, economy and government operations, leading to radical uncertainty that is exacerbated by the absence of any definitive treatment or vaccines. The level of knowledge about and trust in treatment and vaccination varies worldwide. This study aims to assess the willingness of Palestinians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and their knowledge about such vaccines.

Methods An online survey of adults over 18 years old (n=1080) was conducted in Palestine in October 2020. Using multivariate logistic regression, we identified correlates of participants’ willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Results We found that about 63% of participants were willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, acceptance varied with the specific demographic variables that were investigated. Women, married participants and those aged 18–24 years are more likely to take the vaccine. Further, participants with good knowledge about the vaccine and its side effects are more willing to get the vaccine.

Conclusion The availability of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in Palestine is crucial to decrease the burden of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. In addition, to ensure a high vaccination rate, health awareness campaigns should target those who are not willing to get the vaccine, especially those who are more vulnerable and the elderly.

  • COVID-19
  • health policy
  • infection control
  • infectious diseases
  • public health

Data availability statement

Data are available upon reasonable request.

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  • Contributors Study design by HJZ. Data collection completed by HJZ, HS-H, SSM, RA, AS and NMEA-R. Data analysis and results interpretation were done by NMEA-R and HJZ. Writing the original draft was done by HJZ and HS-H and revised by HJZ, HS-H, SSM and NMEA-R. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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