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JCDR. 2021; 12(5): 2158-2164


EXPECTATIONS, VIEWS, AND AWARENESS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINATION IN INDIAN SUBJECTS ATTENDING GENERAL AND DENTAL CLINIC: A CROSSSECTIONAL STUDY

Dr. Nitesh kumar sharma,Dr. Priyadarshini Rangari, Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Dr Prakash.


Abstract

Introduction: Various vaccines for coronavirus disease (COVID‑ 19) havebeen
administered and licensedglobally in various countries. However,the expectations, behaviors,
and awarenessabout COVID‑ 19 vaccines among dentalclinic patients are poorly assessed.
Methods: In 1700 patients who visited Indian dental clinics, an e‑ survey was carried
outusing a questionnaire of four parts (i.e. sociodemographics,knowledge, attitudes, and
perceptions). Informed consent was also taken. Internet methods were usedfor the collection
of the dataowing to the infection risk in the pandemic.
Results: The mean awareness score wassignificantly higher forsubjects who had a higher
educationallevel, upper socioeconomic status, residing incities, and have previously
administered all vaccines needed. Also, the mean attitudescore was higher for female subjects
having ahistory of administration of all needed vaccinations. Nearly half (54%)
participantssuggested the covid-19 vaccination for all with a slightly higher positive response
amongfemales compared to the males (54.9% vs. 45.9%, P = 0.003).
Conclusions: The present study concludes that Indian subjects attending dental clinics have a
lack of awareness andmore positive attitudes towards COVID‑ 19 vaccination. There is a
need for immediate implementation of campaigns for healthpromotion vaccination schedules
toincrease awareness.

Key words: Attitudes, COVID-19, coronavirus disease 2019, knowledge, perceptions, vaccination






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