COVID-19 Vaccine Perceptions Among Patients With Chronic Disease in a Large Gastroenterology and Hepatology Practice

Marina Serper, K Rajender Reddy, Meenakshi Bewtra, Nuzhat Ahmad, Shivan J Mehta
American Journal of Gastroenterology 2021 June 1, 116 (6): 1345-1349

INTRODUCTION: To assess beliefs about safety, effectiveness, and delivery of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine among chronic Gastroenterology and Hepatology patients at an academic health system.

METHODS: We asked about vaccine beliefs, vaccine concerns, and preferred location to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

RESULTS: A total of 1,215 patients responded (response rate: 37%). Most patients believed that vaccines are safe, effective, and that they would take the COVID-19 vaccine at a medical office or pharmacy. However, we identified important sociodemographic factors associated with vaccine hesitancy.

DISCUSSION: Patients have high level of trust in the COVID-19 vaccine and are likely to follow their specialist physician recommendations.

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