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Epidemiology and Health 2021;43: e2021081-0.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2021081    Published online Oct 6, 2021.
Enhancing COVID-19 vaccination coverage using financial incentives: arguments to help health providers counterbalance erroneous claims
Jelena Dotlic1  , Vida Jeremic Stojkovic1  , Paul Cummins2  , Marija Milic3  , Tatjana Gazibara1 
1Institute of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
2Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY USA
3Faculty of Medicine, University of Pristina temporarily settled in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia
Correspondence  Tatjana Gazibara ,Email: tatjanagazibara@yahoo.com
Received: Aug 23, 2021  Accepted after revision: Oct 6, 2021
Abstract
Financial reimbursements after receiving the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine have been criticized in the literature. This strategy has been described as payment to receive the vaccines, undue inducement, and unethical. We are aware that healthcare workers who work in primary healthcare, prevention, and public health may encounter similar reasons from people who refuse vaccination against COVID-19. For this reason, we are compelled to clarify these claims and provide arguments for all healthcare workers who might be challenged by such reasoning. In this critical review, we discuss why the claims against financial incentives that have been presented in the literature are erroneous.
Keywords: COVID-19, Vaccination, Reimbursement, Financial support


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