Family Physicians' Perception of the New mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 Sep-Oct;34(5):898-906. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2021.05.210052.


Introduction: This study was conducted to assess family physicians' perception of the US Food and Drug Administration-approved mRNA Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, their plans to be vaccinated with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and their support for vaccination of patients and family members.

Methods: The authors conducted a cross-sectional survey of 307 practicing family physicians, full-time faculty physicians, and resident physicians in Kansas from December 14, 2020, to December 31, 2020. The study participants completed an anonymous, 20-item survey assessing family physicians' concerns about exposure to COVID-19 and their perceptions of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to control SARS-CoV-2. A mixed-method approach was used to collect, analyze, and interpret the data.

Results: There was a 51.1% response rate. The proportion of family physicians who reported their intentions to be vaccinated for COVID-19 was significantly higher than those who were hesitant to receive the mRNA vaccines (90.6% vs 9.4%; χ2 [1, n = 307] = 201.9.1; P < .0001). Among those who were willing to be vaccinated with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, the main reasons were to prevent COVID-19 infection; protect self, family, and community; contribute to herd immunity; inspire confidence that the vaccines are safe and end the pandemic and bring life back to normal.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest a significantly positive association between a physician's concerns and their willingness to be vaccinated with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. With the authorization of 2 new mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, future studies should investigate the number of physicians in our study who received the vaccine.

Keywords: COVID-19; Cross-Sectional Studies; Family Medicine; Family Physicians; Herd Immunity; Kansas; Pandemics; Surveys and Questionnaires; Vaccines; mRNA.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • COVID-19*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Perception
  • Physicians, Family
  • RNA, Messenger
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Vaccines*


  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Vaccines