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COVID-19 vaccination personas in Yemen: insights from three rounds of a cross-sectional survey

Nikoloski, Zlatko, Chimenya, Dennis, Alshehari, Abdullah, Hassan, Hauwa, Bain, Robert, Menchini, Leonardo and Gillespie, Amaya (2023) COVID-19 vaccination personas in Yemen: insights from three rounds of a cross-sectional survey. Vaccines, 11 (7). ISSN 2076-393X

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Identification Number: 10.3390/vaccines11071272

Abstract

We used three rounds of a repeated cross-sectional survey on COVID-19 vaccination conducted throughout the entire territory of Yemen to: (i) describe the demographic and socio-economic characteristics associated with willingness to be vaccinated; (ii) analyse the link between beliefs associated with COVID-19 vaccines and willingness to be vaccinated; and (iii) analyse the potential platforms that could be used to target vaccine hesitancy and improve vaccine coverage in Yemen. Over two-thirds of respondents were either unwilling or unsure about vaccination across the three rounds. We found that gender, age, and educational attainment were significant correlates of vaccination status. Respondents with better knowledge about the virus and with greater confidence in the capacity of the authorities (and their own) to deal with the virus were more likely to be willing to be vaccinated. Consistent with the health belief model, practising one (or more) COVID-19 preventative measures was associated with a higher willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Respondents with more positive views towards COVID-19 vaccines were also more likely to be willing to be vaccinated. By contrast, respondents who believed that vaccines are associated with significant side effects were more likely to refuse vaccination. Finally, those who relied on community leaders/healthcare workers as a trusted channel for obtaining COVID-19-related information were more likely to be willing to be vaccinated. Strengthening the information about the COVID-19 vaccination (safety, effectiveness, side effects) and communicating it through community leaders/healthcare workers could help increase the COVID-19 vaccine coverage in Yemen.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/vaccines
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2023 10:48
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 17:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120006

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