Background: COVID-19 has spread widely among health care workers. Oral health care workers have an increased risk of being infected owing to dental practice characteristics. New, effective vaccines against COVID-19 have been approved for use. The authors aim was to evaluate intentions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a population of dentists and identify factors associated with their intentions. Methods: The authors conducted an anonymous online survey among 761 dentists enrolled at the Board of Physicians and Dentists of the District of Monza Brianza, Monza, Italy. The authors collected data on demographic characteristics, influenza vaccine uptake, COVID-19 history, vaccine attitudes, and specific reasons for their intentions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or not. Results: Overall, 421 dentists completed the survey. More than 82% of the participants declared their intention to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The multivariate logistic regression model reported a positive association with receiving the influenza vaccine in the 2020-2021 influenza season (odds ratio, 5.15; 95% CI, 2.14 to 12.39) and a negative association with receiving a diagnosis of COVID-19 previously (odds ratio, 0.32; 95% CI, 0.15 to 0.66). The participants’ main reason for supporting vaccination was to protect their family and friends (87%) and their main reason for opposing vaccination was the lack of information (39%). Conclusions: It is fundamental to consider vaccine hesitancy in health care workers and address it properly because they must provide recommendations to patients and promote adherence to vaccination programs. Practical Implications: The vaccination of dental practitioners should be prioritized owing to the high risk related to dental practice.

Belingheri, M., Roncalli, M., Riva, M., Paladino, M., & Teruzzi, C. (2021). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and reasons for or against adherence among dentists. THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION, 152(9 (September 2021)), 740-746 [10.1016/j.adaj.2021.04.020].

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and reasons for or against adherence among dentists

Belingheri, Michael
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Roncalli, Massimo;Riva, Michele Augusto;Paladino, Maria Emilia;
2021

Abstract

Background: COVID-19 has spread widely among health care workers. Oral health care workers have an increased risk of being infected owing to dental practice characteristics. New, effective vaccines against COVID-19 have been approved for use. The authors aim was to evaluate intentions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a population of dentists and identify factors associated with their intentions. Methods: The authors conducted an anonymous online survey among 761 dentists enrolled at the Board of Physicians and Dentists of the District of Monza Brianza, Monza, Italy. The authors collected data on demographic characteristics, influenza vaccine uptake, COVID-19 history, vaccine attitudes, and specific reasons for their intentions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or not. Results: Overall, 421 dentists completed the survey. More than 82% of the participants declared their intention to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The multivariate logistic regression model reported a positive association with receiving the influenza vaccine in the 2020-2021 influenza season (odds ratio, 5.15; 95% CI, 2.14 to 12.39) and a negative association with receiving a diagnosis of COVID-19 previously (odds ratio, 0.32; 95% CI, 0.15 to 0.66). The participants’ main reason for supporting vaccination was to protect their family and friends (87%) and their main reason for opposing vaccination was the lack of information (39%). Conclusions: It is fundamental to consider vaccine hesitancy in health care workers and address it properly because they must provide recommendations to patients and promote adherence to vaccination programs. Practical Implications: The vaccination of dental practitioners should be prioritized owing to the high risk related to dental practice.
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coronavirus; COVID-19; dentists; health care professionals; oral health care professionals; vaccine; vaccine hesitancy;
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Belingheri, M., Roncalli, M., Riva, M., Paladino, M., & Teruzzi, C. (2021). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and reasons for or against adherence among dentists. THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION, 152(9 (September 2021)), 740-746 [10.1016/j.adaj.2021.04.020].
Belingheri, M; Roncalli, M; Riva, M; Paladino, M; Teruzzi, C
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