DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/issn.2454-2156.IntJSciRep20222393
Published: 2022-09-23

An assessment of knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of Great Zimbabwe University students towards COVID-19 vaccination

Nyasha Mabika

Abstract


Background: Vaccination is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of the intended population towards vaccination is important for successful implementation of the exercise. Therefore, the objective of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of Great Zimbabwe University students towards COVID.

Methods:  An online survey was conducted from 01 November to 17 December 2021 by requesting students to complete a questionnaire which was set up using Google forms. The generated link was shared on student portals.

Results: The most common source of information on COVID-19 vaccination was social media. The majority of the respondents demonstrated their knowledge of how COVID-19 is transmitted and indicated that they would take the COVID-19 vaccine if it is available. Most respondents indicated that they would encourage family/ friends/relatives to get vaccinated. About 87% were worried about being infected with COVID-19 and 26.4% were hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccine. Over 68 % perceived that vaccination would stop the spread of COVID-19. About 81% feared that there was a high risk of getting infected with COVID-19 at the university.

Conclusions: The majority of university students intended to get the COVID-19 vaccine; The sources of information cited by the students should be prioritized in disseminating COVID 19 vaccination information. These findings can help the Ministry of Health plan for future efforts to increase vaccine uptake that may eventually lead to herd immunity against COVID-19.


Keywords


COVID-19, Vaccination, Great Zimbabwe University

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