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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 2369-2375

Assessment of the knowledge, preferences and concern regarding the prospective COVID-19 vaccine among adults residing in New Delhi, India – A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Community Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, Guwahati, Assam, India
3 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, Telangana, India
4 Public Health Expert, International Paediatric Association, New Delhi, India
5 Project Manager, International Paediatric Association, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rashmi Agarwalla
Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, Guwahati, Assam
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_2437_20

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Background: Understanding the perception and concerns of people about COVID-19 vaccine in developing and populous country like India will help in understanding demand for the vaccine and further tailoring out public health information and education activities. The study was carried out to assess the present state of knowledge people have about the probable vaccine for COVID-19, to know the preferences of respondents about this vaccine and to learn the expectations and apprehensions of people about features of this prospective COVID-19 vaccine residing in the capital city of India. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted amongst the residents of Delhi, India from July to October 2020. Both offline and online interview method was used to collect date from 513 participants representing various occupational strata. Data were collected on sociodemographic variable, vaccine acceptance and concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine. Results: Among the study population, 79.5% said they will take the vaccine while 8.8% said they were not going to take the vaccine and remaining 11.7% had not yet decided about it. More than 50% were willing to pay for the vaccine and 72% felt vaccine should first be given to health workers and high-risk group. Conclusion: The following study has helped to understand the percentage of people who are hesitant to take the vaccine and also the concerns regarding the vaccine. Also since half of the population is willing to pay for the vaccine, a strategic approach considering the various economical classes of people could be applied in a developing country like India.


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