High COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among eye healthcare workers in Uganda

J Otiti-Sengeri, OB Andrew, RC Lusobya, I Atukunda, C Nalukenge, A Kalinaki, J Mukisa, D Nakanjako, R Colebunders

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    Background: Protecting healthcare workers against COVID-19 disease is crucial, and COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective method to do so. Eye healthcare workers provide routine care in proximity, increasing infection risk, hence their need for full vaccination. This study determined COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and barriers to its uptake among eye healthcare workers practicing in Uganda. Methods: This was a cross-sectional online and telephone survey based on the health belief model (HBM), conducted in June–August 2021. A modified Poisson regression model with robust standard errors was used to determine the factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. Results: In total, 300 (85%) of the 357 eye healthcare workers participated in the study with mean age 43 ± 8 years and 182 (60.7%) were men. Overall, 97.6% (95% CI: 95.9–99.4) had accepted and/or were willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, 65.3% had received a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 97 (32.3%) reported the intention to accept the vaccine when it became available. Among the HBM constructs, high perceived susceptibility and high perceived benefits were significantly associated with COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. Conclusions: The acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine among eye healthcare workers in Uganda is very high. There is a dire need to make vaccines available to developing nations like Uganda.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number609
    Issue number4
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


    • COVID-19
    • COVID-19 vaccine uptake
    • Uganda
    • Health belief model
    • Healthcare workers
    • Ophthalmology
    • Vaccine acceptance
    • Vaccine hesitancy


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