Knowledge and Attitudes towards COVID-19 Vaccines by the University Students, Faculty and Staff

Jomell Miranda Santiago, Angelo Reyes Santos

Abstract


One of the key strategies to stop the increase of COVID-19 cases is vaccines. The uncertainty and unwillingness of the Filipino about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will be a major challenge in reaching the vaccination coverage required for population immunity. Thus, this study was conducted to determine the knowledge and attitude of the students, faculty and staff of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology towards the COVID-19 vaccine. A descriptive research design and total sampling were used. A questionnaire was made to collect data composed of the profile, knowledge, attitude and source of information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Permission to conduct and informed consent was obtained. Data were analyzed using various statistical tools. The respondents were knowledgeable and had positive attitude towards the COVID-19 vaccine. Their primary source of information was from television and social media on the internet. There is a positive association between their knowledge and attitude towards the COVID-19 vaccine, which means that when they are knowledgeable about the COVID-19 vaccine, they are more likely to have a positive attitude. Therefore, health education campaigns to increase their knowledge or awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine should be done to encourage them to accept a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

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