Evaluation of the Attitude of Parents in Pediatric Oncology Towards COVID-19 Vaccine

J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2022 Aug 3. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000002516. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus (SARS, COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization since March 2020. Patients with active cancer should be considered especially for priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, our study aimed to learn parents' opinions of cancer-diagnosed patients about the COVID-19 vaccine. Between December 2021 and January 2022, 76 people were willing to answer the questionnaire from the parents of outpatient/inpatient patients at the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic of Dr. Sami Ulus Obstetrics, Child Health and Diseases Education Research Hospital were included. In our study, 18 parents (23.7%) did not get vaccinated. Among the reasons for not getting vaccinated, the most common answer for "I fear from the vaccine's side effects.", "Do you think oncology patients are at risk for COVID-19?", "Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic affects cancer treatment?" were 90.7%, 89.5% and 21% yes, respectively. Would your opinion of the vaccine be positive if the domestic vaccine was produced?"-67.4% answered yes. Vaccine hesitation and public misinformation put cancer patients at risk. Increasing awareness of the rejection of COVID-19 vaccines is important for public health and the fight against the pandemic. In addition, the doctors' recommendations for conducting oncology treatment will significantly impact parents' compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine.