Acceptability for COVID-19 vaccination: Perspectives from Muslims

Wong, Li Ping and Alias, Haridah and Hashim, Megat Mohamad Amirul Amzar Megat and Lee, Hai Yen and AbuBakar, Sazaly and Chung, Ivy and Hu, Zhijan and Lin, Yulan (2022) Acceptability for COVID-19 vaccination: Perspectives from Muslims. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 18 (5). ISSN 2164-5515, DOI

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This study aims to assess COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among Muslims in Malaysia. A cross-sectional internet-based survey was to determine acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine. Other influential factors, namely socio-demographics, COVID-19 experience, self-perceived level of religiosity, support in immunization, COVID-19 immunization attitudes, and health fatalistic beliefs (measured using the Helpless Inevitability Subscale of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire, RHFQ-HI) were investigated. The majority reported a definite intent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (57.3%; 95% CI 55.0-59.6) followed by a probable intent (42.7%; 95% CI 40.4-45.0%). COVID-19 immunization attitudes measured by attitudinal barriers to vaccination scores were found to be the strongest influence of COVID-19 vaccination intent, whereby participants who have lower attitudinal barrier scores reported higher COVID-19 vaccination intent (OR = 6.75 ; 95% 5.20-8.75). Although religious health fatalism was not significantly associated with vaccination intent, a significantly higher proportion of participants with score 4-9 (61.9%) in the RHFQ-HI reported intent to receive COVID-19 vaccine than those with a score of 10-20 (53.5%), p < .001. Intervention for people with skeptical attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia under the Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) program [Grant No: MO002-2019], Special Projects of the Central Government Guiding Local Science and Technology Development, China [Grant No: 2021L3018]
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Vaccine; Vaccine acceptance; Vaccine hesitancy; Muslim
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Office > Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2023 06:58
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 06:58

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