Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards COVID-19 Vaccination among adults of Sullia Taluk in Dakshin Kannada District of Karnataka- A Community based Survey)


Authors : Dr Asmin P K; Dr Nusrath Fareed; Sara Evelin V; Dr Christa Jose

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 10 - October

Google Scholar : https://tinyurl.com/58re8y33

Scribd : https://tinyurl.com/4y48vdka

DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10025173

Abstract : Background: Vaccination programs for corona virus disease (COVID-19) were initiated globally in a record time unparalleled in the history of immunisation. Thus the community’s and perceptions towards COVID-19 vaccinations are poorly understood. This study thus aimed to investigate community knowledge, attitudes and practices towards COVID-19 vaccinations in Sullia Taluk of Dakshin Kannada. Methods: An exploratory and anonymous population- based survey was conducted among 600 general individuals (58.17% male; 41.83% female). The survey was conducted using a validated self- administered questionnaire containing a set of questions pertaining to knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Multiple linear regression was performed to determine the variables predicting knowledge, and attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccinations. Results: The mean scores of knowledges and attitudes were 2.73±1.48 and 9.44±2.39 respectively. About a quarter of participants thought that the COVID-19 vaccination available in India is safe, 60% reported that they will continue to have further vaccinations if necessary. About 54% reported recommending it to family and friends. Regression analysis revealed that higher SES, university/ higher levels of education, nuclear families and those with a previous history of essential vaccines uptake were associated with a higher knowledge score; whilst attitudes were significantly associated to gender and previous history of essential vaccines uptake. Just over half of the participants(54%) thought that everyone should be vaccinated. A majority of the population 72.17% population reported vaccine should be administered free of cost in India.

Keywords : Covid Vaccination; Survey; Karnatak.

Background: Vaccination programs for corona virus disease (COVID-19) were initiated globally in a record time unparalleled in the history of immunisation. Thus the community’s and perceptions towards COVID-19 vaccinations are poorly understood. This study thus aimed to investigate community knowledge, attitudes and practices towards COVID-19 vaccinations in Sullia Taluk of Dakshin Kannada. Methods: An exploratory and anonymous population- based survey was conducted among 600 general individuals (58.17% male; 41.83% female). The survey was conducted using a validated self- administered questionnaire containing a set of questions pertaining to knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Multiple linear regression was performed to determine the variables predicting knowledge, and attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccinations. Results: The mean scores of knowledges and attitudes were 2.73±1.48 and 9.44±2.39 respectively. About a quarter of participants thought that the COVID-19 vaccination available in India is safe, 60% reported that they will continue to have further vaccinations if necessary. About 54% reported recommending it to family and friends. Regression analysis revealed that higher SES, university/ higher levels of education, nuclear families and those with a previous history of essential vaccines uptake were associated with a higher knowledge score; whilst attitudes were significantly associated to gender and previous history of essential vaccines uptake. Just over half of the participants(54%) thought that everyone should be vaccinated. A majority of the population 72.17% population reported vaccine should be administered free of cost in India.

Keywords : Covid Vaccination; Survey; Karnatak.

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