Zuhair S. Natto1, *
1Department of dental public health, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Introduction: Dental teams are high priority groups for early access to the COVID-19 vaccine because of close contact between dental teams and potentially infected patients. This study assessed COVID-19 vaccine acceptability, awareness, and attitudes among dental students in Saudi Arabia.
Materials and methods: We administered an anonymous cross-sectional survey to dental students. Our survey assessed factors related to COVID-19 vaccine acceptance.
Results: Among all dental students who received the survey, 247 were responded (40.8 %). 64 % reported high acceptability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, 27.1% were unsure, and 8.9% reported low acceptability. Using a stepwise model, we found a strong association with COVID-19 vaccine safety overall (OR=5.882, 95% CI: 1.675-20.408). [Write factors that contributed to low acceptability here) most contributed to low acceptability. Concern over vaccine safety due to quick manufacture (OR=2.353, 9 5% CI: 1.325-4.184) strongly contributed to dental students being unsure about the vaccine.
Conclusion: Our results indicate the importance of enhancing our dental educational curriculum with information about vaccine promoting the COVID-19 vaccine among dental students.
Dental students, vaccine, attitudes, COVID-19, vaccine acceptance.