Adults' Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine for Children in Selected Lower- and Middle-Income Countries

Bono, Suzanna Awang, Siau, Ching Sin, Chen, Won Sun, Low, Wah Yun, Faria de Moura Villela, Edlaine, Pengpid, Supa, Hasan, M Tasdik ORCID: 0000-0002-3256-093X, Sessou, Philippe, Ditekemena, John D, Amodan, Bob Omoda
et al (show 4 more authors) (2022) Adults' Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine for Children in Selected Lower- and Middle-Income Countries. VACCINES, 10 (1). 11-.

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 vaccination, children, lower- and middle-income countries, parents, caretaker, Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Africa
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 15:11
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:02
DOI: 10.3390/vaccines10010011
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