Fallacy of Covid-19 Vaccine Coverage: Discovering Vaccine Hesitancy and Compliance in Private Dental Practitioners and Hospital-based Dentists to Improve Immunization Levels in Pakistan

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  •   Beenish Abbas

  •   Sana Abbas

  •   Aisha Rafique

  •   Sana Aslam

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate Covid-19 vaccine compliance amongst the general private practicing dentists’ population in comparison to tertiary hospital-based dentists in Pakistan post second wave of mass spread of the Covid-19 infection.


Methodology: Multi-centered study conducted after taking ethical research committee approval. Total 300 participants enrolled via paper-based questionnaire. Participants included the general dentists and tertiary care dental hospital-based dentists. Exclusion criteria implied participants of pilot study, participants that were already vaccinated and those unwilling to participate in the study.


Results: 32% of general dentists in Pakistan agreed to immunization if the Covid-19 vaccine is available in Pakistan (p<0.001). General private practicing dentists were also less likely to pay for the vaccination (p<0.001), less confident for a locally manufactured vaccine (p<0.001) as compared to hospital-based dentists.


Conclusion: This study concluded that the general dentists’ population in Pakistan is still skeptical of Covid-19 vaccination and this attitude in-fact poses as a pandemic within pandemic.


Keywords: Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, public health dentistry

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Abbas, B., Abbas, S., Rafique, A., & Aslam, S. (2021). Fallacy of Covid-19 Vaccine Coverage: Discovering Vaccine Hesitancy and Compliance in Private Dental Practitioners and Hospital-based Dentists to Improve Immunization Levels in Pakistan. European Journal of Dental and Oral Health, 2(5), 13-18. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejdent.2021.2.5.94