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NISH (NITAG Support Hub) 2: Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy/confidence in Africa

This Library Guide contains published and unpublished information on vaccine hesitancy and related issues in the context of COVID-19 vaccination in Subsaharan Africa

Pubmed : Covid-19 AND "vaccination hesitancy" AND Tunisia

Qunaibi E, Basheti I, Soudy M, Sultan I. Hesitancy of Arab Healthcare Workers towards COVID-19 Vaccination: A Large-Scale Multinational Study. Vaccines (Basel). 2021 May

Musa S, Dergaa I, Abdulmalik MA, Ammar A, Chamari K, Saad HB. BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among Parents of 4023 Young Adolescents (12-15 Years) in Qatar. Vaccines (Basel). 2021 Sep

Mejri N, Berrazega Y, Ouertani E, Rachdi H, Bohli M, Kochbati L, Boussen H. Understanding COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance: another challenge in cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2022 Jan;30(1. Epub 2021

Khiari, H., Cherif, I., M’ghirbi, F., Mezlini, A. and Hsairi, M., 2021. COVID-19 Vaccination Acceptance and Its Associated Factors among Cancer Patients in Tunisia. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 22(11), pp.3499-3506.

Zammit, N., Gueder, A.E., Brahem, A., Ayouni, I., Ghammam, R., Fredj, S.B., Sridi, C., Chouchene, A., Kalboussi, H., Maalel, O.E. and Chatti, S., 2022. Studying SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy among health professionals in Tunisia. BMC Health Services Research, 22(1), pp.1-14.

Cherif, I., Khiari, H., M'ghirbi, F., Mallekh, R., Mezlini, A. and Hsairi, M., 2021. COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Tunisian cancer patients in the Salah Azaeiz Institute of Cancer. European Journal of Public Health, 31(Supplement_3), pp.ckab165-056.
El Kefi, H., Kefi, K., Krir, M.W., Brahim, C.B., Baatout, A., Bouzouita, I., Azaiz, M.B., Bouguerra, C., Khoufi, M.T., Gharsallah, H. and Slema, H., 2021. Acceptability of COVID-19 vaccine: a cross-sectional study in a Tunisian general hospital. The Pan African Medical Journal, 39.
Sallam, M., Al-Sanafi, M. and Sallam, M., 2022. A Global Map of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Rates per Country: An Updated Concise Narrative Review. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 15, p.21.



Baklouti, M., Ben Ayed, H., Maamri, H., Ketata, N., Yaich, S., Karray, R., Jdidi, J., Mejdoub, Y., Kassis, M., Feki, H. and Dammak, J., 2022. Prevalence and Factors Affecting Willingness to Accept or Refuse Vaccination against COVID-19 among Healthcare Professionals in Southern Tunisia. Hospital Topics, pp.1-10. (not OA)
Abstract:Background: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world causing serious morbidity and mortality. Health care professionals (HCP) are on the front line in the face of this pandemic and are identified as priorities for COVID-19 vaccination. This study aimed to estimate the acceptability rate of the COVID-19 vaccination among HCP and to identify their predisposing factors. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire including a randomized sample of HCP in Southern Tunisia, on March–April 2021. Results: Among 300 participants, the COVID-19 vaccine acceptability rate was 65.3%. Factors independently associated with vaccine acceptability were age groups <30 years [Adjusted Odds Ratio (AOR)=4.36; p = 0.002)], urbanity of residence (AOR = 3.44; p = 0.027), medical professional category (AOR = 2.69; p = 0.023) and caring for coronavirus infected patients (AOR = 2.32; p = 0.047). Belief that COVID-19 vaccination is important to work safely as a health care provider (AOR = 3.26; p = 0.013), should be available for all HCP (AOR = 17.98; p = 0.004) and has been quickly developed before it has been thoroughly vetted and tested for efficacy and safety (AOR = 5.88; p < 0.01) were independently associated with willingness to accept vaccine. Planning to get a COVID-19 vaccine for the next years and recommending it to the family were independent predictive factors of accepting COVID-19 vaccine ((AOR = 6.88; p < 0.001) and (AOR = 25.03; p < 0.001), respectively).Conclusion: The acceptance rate of vaccination against COVID-19 among Tunisian HCP is still low in South Tunisian hospitals. Socio-demographic, cultural and professional factors predisposing to the vaccination willingness were highlighted. Combating the vaccine hesitancy of HCP through enhancing sensibilization campaigns is essential to promote vaccination in general population