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Original Article

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice to COVID-19 and its Vaccines among the Lebanese Population: A Cross-sectional Study

Aalaa Saleh, Issa Awaida, Jad El Masri, Samah Al Rifai, Ahmad Al Rifai, Hossam Al Tatari

Keywords : COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines, Health attitude to social media

Citation Information : Saleh A, Awaida I, El Masri J, Al Rifai S, Al Rifai A, Al Tatari H. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice to COVID-19 and its Vaccines among the Lebanese Population: A Cross-sectional Study. Pediatr Inf Dis 2022; 4 (4):123-129.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10081-1371

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

Aims: Assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) toward COVID-19 and its vaccines among the Lebanese population after the beginning of the vaccination campaign and identify the different factors affecting the acceptance of vaccination. Patients and methods: The data was collected through hard copies, then it was filled in Google Form. The questionnaire included questions about sociodemographic data, dependent sources of information for COVID-19 and its vaccines, having past experience with COVID-19, and vaccination or willingness to take the vaccine at the nearest opportunity. Attitude against vaccination was assessed using a new KAP toward virus and vaccine scale consisting of 14 items. Results: The average score of the attitude of 1,002 participants was 16.87 over 28. Accepting vaccination was significantly correlated with females, having past experience with COVID-19, being a healthcare worker, participants with a higher positive attitude, and participants following official resources like governmental resources and World Health Organization (WHO) or accredited international scientific institutions rather than social media. Conclusion: The attitude toward COVID-19 and its vaccines is moderate in Lebanon, and extensive efforts are necessary for the further promotion of vaccines among the public. Social media has a high influence on the population's attitude toward vaccination, and it should be monitored strictly. Clinical significance: Social media and other factors influence on the decision on vaccination and public health.


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