Demographic Evaluation of Hospital Staff Before Covid Vaccination

Gökçe İşcan, Funda Yildirim Baş

Keywords: covid 19, vaccination, hospital staff, covid vaccination

Despite the decisive value of vaccination in reducing the global burden of infectious diseases, the anti-vaccination movement is developing. Our hospital staff in Turkey which groups to be vaccinated first, we wondered whether the bias for covid vaccination.

Research questions:
Is there a relationship between the hospital staff's covid-19 status and their desire to be vaccinated?
What are the reasons for staff who do not want to be vaccinated?

We designed a web-based survey with a focus on demographic properties, working status, desire to be vaccinated, being covid or not, chronicle diseases they have. The survey was sent to 2000 staff and students (4th to 6th-year medical students). 949 people returned to the survey. The data were analyzed using SPSS-22. The chi-square test was used for comparisons.

47,45% (949) of 2000 staff answered the survey of those aged 18-61 years (32,64±9,79). 501of them were women (%52,8), 448 of them were men (%47,2). 72 participants got covid (%7,6); 27 participants (%2,8) had suspicious Covid 19 contact in the past 14 days. 925 participants (%97,5) want to be vaccinated and 24 participants (%2,5) did not want. 357 paticipants (%37,6) had chronic disease. 56 hypertension (%27,1), 42 lung disease (%11,8), 40 hypothyroidism (%11,2), 32 diabetes mellitus (%9) were the most chronicle diseases. Women got covid more than men and it was statistically significant (p=0,001). There was no statistically difference between age, gender, department or having chronicle disease and want to be vaccinated (p<0,05).

Only 24 of 949 people did not want to be vaccinated. This is a very low proportion because all of them were working in the hospital as students, doctors or employees. Most of them know/see the importance of covid 19 infection. 24 people who did not want to be vaccinated neither had covid nor had any other stated reasons. it's thought-provoking.

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