Assessing acceptability of vaccines and immunisation
Assessing acceptability of vaccines and immunisation, especially COVID-19 vaccine, in Indonesia
The current outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 clearly demonstrates the severity of an epidemic without the availability of any efficacious therapeutics or vaccine. The whole world is currently looking forward to a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. At the same time, vaccine hesitancy is a growing problem worldwide and a lot of misinformation on COVID-19 is being spread, which might negatively impact on future COVID-19 vaccines but also on the acceptance of other vaccines.
Healthcare workers are in the frontline of combatting COVID-19 and are therefore the first target group to receive the vaccine. At the same time, healthcare workers are key in communication with the general public. Therefore, they need to be highly knowledgeable on vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccination and confident to recommend vaccinations to the public and address their concerns, as well as any misinformation on vaccines and immunisation. However, in low- and middle-income countries, the knowledge and attitude of healthcare workers towards vaccination and vaccine acceptance has not been extensively studied.
The survey aims to understand COVID-19 vaccine acceptability among healthcare workers to receive the vaccine themselves, but also to understand their behaviour in recommending the vaccine to their patients. The survey will also assess the acceptability and perception of the community (especially university students and lecturers) towards COVID-19 vaccines. Two questionnaires were developed and data are currently being collected in different regions in Indonesia through SurveyMonkey.