Attitudes and intentions towards COVID-19 vaccines and associated factors among Egyptian adults

J Infect Public Health. 2021 Oct;14(10):1481-1488. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2021.06.019. Epub 2021 Jul 3.

Abstract

Background: Herd immunity through vaccination is the target of public health interventions against COVID-19, but vaccine refusal or hesitancy is one of the global threats that make achievement of community immunity very difficult. The aim of this study was to determine negative attitudes and intentions and their predictors towards COVID-19 vaccines.

Methods: This was cross sectional survey, that targeted 1011 Egyptians aged 18 years and above, from 24 governorates, during the period from 7 January 2021, to 30 March 2021. Using a convenient sampling technique, the data were collected through an online self-administered, structured questionnaire, which was composed of two main sections, that involved sociodemographic and health related factors, intentions, and attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines.

Results: The mean age of participants was 29.35 ± 10.78 years, (16.6 %) of them had COVID-19. (54%) of respondents, reported COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and 21% of them reported vaccine non-acceptance while (27.1%) of participants preferred receiving Pfizer vaccine. (51.8%) of the respondents expressed strong worries about unforeseen effects of the vaccine which was associated with younger age groups, married, females, absence of history of allergy to food or drugs, perceived susceptibility to COVID 19 and never having flu vaccination. Vaccine hesitancy was associated with female sex, urban residence, university/post graduate, married respondents, those never had flu vaccine, and those did not have confidence in the ability of health system to control the epidemic. Female sex, urban residence and having concerns about unforeseen effects were predictors for vaccine hesitancy and vaccine non-acceptance.

Conclusion: The observed high level of worries about unforeseen effects of COVID-19 vaccines and widespread vaccine hesitancy amongst Egyptians and its predictors should be considered during implementation of public health intervention campaigns to change negative attitudes and improve acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in Egypt.

Keywords: COVID-19 vaccine; Egyptians; Intentions; Negative attitude.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • COVID-19*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Egypt
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Influenza Vaccines*
  • Intention
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Vaccination
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Influenza Vaccines