Adults' acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine for children in selected lower- and middle-income countries

Bono, Suzanna Awang and Siau, Ching Sin and Chen, Won Sun and Low, Wah Yun and Faria de Moura Villela, Edlaine and Pengpid, Supa and Hasan, M. Tasdik and Sessou, Philippe and Ditekemena, John D. and Amodan, Bob Omoda and Hosseinipour, Mina C. and Dolo, Housseini and Siewe Fodjo, Joseph Nelson and Colebunders, Robert (2022) Adults' acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine for children in selected lower- and middle-income countries. Vaccines, 10 (1). ISSN 2076-393X, DOI

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Since emergency approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged between 12 and 15 years old was recently obtained in the United States and Europe, we aimed to assess the willingness to vaccinate children with a COVID-19 vaccine in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Therefore, we launched an online cross-sectional survey in several LMICs. Questions relating to socio-demographic information, knowledge of COVID-19, level of fear/worry of being infected with COVID-19, and willingness to vaccinate children with the COVID-19 vaccine at 50%, 75% and 95% effectiveness levels, were asked. Of the 6571 participants (mean age = 39 +/- 14 years), 64.0%, 72.6%, and 92.9% were willing to vaccinate children at 50%, 75%, and 95% effectiveness levels, respectively. Respondents who were undergraduates, who were more worried/fearful about COVID-19, had higher knowledge scores regarding COVID-19, and a higher belief that COVID-19 vaccination is important to protect others, were more willing to accept COVID-19 vaccination of children. COVID-19 vaccination of children will limit the spread of the virus, especially in schools; it may decrease the need for school closures which has a negative effect on child development. Findings from this study are useful for health promotion strategies during COVID-19 vaccination implementation among children in LMICs.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 vaccination; Children; Lower-and middle-income countries; Parents; Caretaker; Brazil; Malaysia; Thailand; Bangladesh; Africa
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Asia-Europe Institute
Depositing User: Mrs. Siti Mawarni Salim
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2022 03:11
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2022 01:45

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