Italian study explores vaccine hesitancy among dentists

By staff writers

May 19, 2021 -- Hesitancy among dentists regarding the COVID-19 vaccine may be due to a lack of information, according to a study by Italian researchers published on May 6 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The researchers sought to characterize intentions among dentists to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They surveyed 761 dentists and received 421 responses.

More than 82% of participants declared their intent to be vaccinated. Protecting family and friends was the main reason cited for supporting vaccination (87%), while a lack of information was cited as the main reason for opposing vaccination (39%).

"It is fundamental to consider vaccine hesitancy in health care workers and face it properly since they must provide recommendations to patients and promote adherence to vaccination programs," the researchers concluded.

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