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Epidemiology and Health 2022;e2022056.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2022056    [Accepted] Published online Jul 6, 2022.
Mothers’ vaccine hesitancy towards covid-19 immunisation for children: a nationwide cross-sectional study.
Shuja Reagu1,2  , Suruchi Mohan2,3  , Johnny Awwad3  , Majid Alabdulla1 
1Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
2Weill Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar
3Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar
Correspondence  Shuja Reagu ,Email: sreagu@hamad.qa
Received: Jan 15, 2022  Accepted after revision: Jul 6, 2022
Abstract
Objectives:
This study was conducted in Qatar with the objective of exploring beliefs and attitudes among mothers towards Covid-19 vaccination for their children, using validated vaccine hesitancy tools and to understand major factors influencing vaccine hesitancy among these mothers. Study design A population based, , online cross-sectional survey was conducted from 15th October till 15th November 2020. A composite study questionnaire incorporating a validated vaccine hesitancy tool was developed and used. The questionnaire was available in English and Arabic. Ethical approval was sought and obtained from the local ethics committee (MRC 01-2-930)
Method:
Participation was voluntary and offered to all adult residents of Qatar through an online link available on social media platforms and local news portals. For the purposes of this study, only respondents aged 18 and over and who identified themselves as mothers were included. No personal identifying data was collected.
Results:
The main finding was that 29.4% of the mothers in the study population showed Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy towards children. This was also higher than vaccine hesitancy for self at 27.5% among these mothers. Hesitancy levels significantly varied with ethnicity and mothers of Qatari extraction showed the highest hesitancy at 51.3%. Intention to vaccinate children did not differ significantly whether mothers were acceptors or hesitators of Covid-19 vaccination for themselves. The biggest concerns reported by mothers across all groups were around long-term vaccine safety. Mothers relied significantly more on self-directed research around vaccine safety for decision making process.
Conclusions:
Mothers exhibit higher Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in relation to their children
Keywords: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy; COVID-19 vaccination for children; Qatar


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