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
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.