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Knowledge, Attitude, and Perceptions towards COVID-19 Vaccines: A Cross-sectional Study in Delhi-NCR

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Page: 408-412
Shakila Mahesh, Neeru Rani, Anuhska Rajesh Choudhary, Ishika Chandra, and Ankit Kumar (Manav Rachna Dental College, FDS, MRIIRS, Faridabad, Haryana)

Vaccines provide the most optimistic solutions to prevent the further spread of new viral strains. Rapid development of efficacious vaccines against COVID-19 epidemic is very crucial but the success of the COVID-19 vaccination program is dependent on people’s knowledge and their attitude towards it. The aim of the study was to investigate society’s knowledge, attitude and perception towards COVID-19 vaccination in India. The exploratory and anonymous population-based e-survey was conducted among the general individuals of Delhi- NCR. T-tests or one-way ANOVA tests were performed using Microsoft Excel 2019 and SPSS Software version 24.0. A total of 1005 responses were collected. The sample has a slight predominance of female participants (56.7%) with mostly in the age-group of 20-40 years. Mean scores of knowledge, attitude and perception of the study participants were 3.72±1.40, 3.69±1.62, 4.86±1.54 respectively. According to gender wise, mean scores of knowledge and perception were considerably higher in females with significant p-value of 0.028 but attitude scores were higher in males with p-value of 0.714. The findings reflect adequate knowledge, positive attitude and good perception of people towards COVID-19 vaccination program. Government should create awareness programs, limiting the barriers and strengthening the facilities regarding the vaccination drive to ensure higher vaccine acceptance.

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Page: 408-412
Shakila Mahesh, Neeru Rani, Anuhska Rajesh Choudhary, Ishika Chandra, and Ankit Kumar (Manav Rachna Dental College, FDS, MRIIRS, Faridabad, Haryana)