Factors associated with Turkish pharmacists' intention to receive COVID-19 vaccine: an observational study


OKUYAN B. , Bektay M. Y. , DEMİRCİ M. Y. , AY N. P. , SANCAR M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PHARMACY, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11096-021-01344-w
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PHARMACY
  • Keywords: COVID-19, Health belief model, Intention, Pharmacists, Vaccine hesitancy, Vaccination, HEALTH-CARE WORKERS, PANDEMIC INFLUENZA A/H1N1, BELIEF MODEL, ATTITUDES, DETERMINANTS, EMERGENCY, KNOWLEDGE, BEHAVIOR

Abstract

Background Pharmacists have been taking part in vaccination services during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, research identifying pharmacists' intention to get COVID-19 vaccine is limited. Aim The objective of this study was to determine the intention to receive COVID-19 vaccine and to identify the factors related to it based on the Health Belief Model framework among Turkish pharmacists. Method This is an observational study conducted between December 2020 and January 2021. The online survey was sent to all hospital and community pharmacists working in Turkey. Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change and Health Belief Model were used for the development of the questionnaire. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify factors associated with the intention to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Results Among all participants (n = 961), 74.7% had an intention to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In model 1, perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, perceived benefits, and perceived barriers were associated with their intention to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (p < 0.05). In model 2, the intention to receive COVID-19 vaccine was associated with being male, years of experience in the professional field, not having contracted COVID-19, having a pharmacy staff who had contracted COVID-19, and having had received seasonal flu shot within the previous year (p < 0.05). Conclusion This study highlights the factors related to the intention of the pharmacists to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Health Belief Model is the strongest predictor for vaccination intention and could be used to develop behavioural change techniques to promote vaccination.