The attitudes and perceptions towards the Covid-19 vaccine among dental staff at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Despite the well-known increased risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus in a dental setting, vaccination rates among staff members are low. This information, as well as the possible associations to demographic profiles, may be useful for authorities to adequately address specific concerns and uncertainties. To determmine the attitudes and perceptions towards the COVID-19 vaccine among dental staff at the UWC Oral Health Centers. A cross-sectional design was used. An anonymous, online, validated questionnaire was
used to collect the data. Majority (91.4%) of the participants had received the Covid-19 vaccine while just over 12% stated that they
would not take the booster vaccination. Significant associations between the level of education and the attitudes and perceptions of staff were found. While the majority had a positive attitude towards the Covid-19 vaccine, specific concerns and uncertainties
were identified and will need to be addressed in order to improve vaccination rates among staff members
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