Published: 2021-08-27

Knowledge and perceptions towards candidate COVID-19 vaccines among practicing physicians of Tamil Nadu: a cross-sectional pilot study

K. R. S. Sivapriya, A. Keerthana, Balaji Arumugam, R. Nivetha


Background: The world is in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and WHO is working in collaboration with scientists, business and global health organizations to speed up the pandemic response and they are racing to find a vaccine. COVAX the largest and most diverse COVID-19 vaccine portfolio in the world launched by WHO. There are currently over 189 COVID-19 vaccine candidates under development, with 40 of these in the human trial phase. This study was done to assess the knowledge and perceptions towards candidate COVID-19 vaccines among practicing physicians.

Methods: A cross-sectional study were done among 129 practicing physicians using a semi-structured, validated, questionnaire through online Google forms after obtaining the informed consent. The data was analyzed using SPSS version 20.

Results: The study was done among 129 practicing physicians of which 65 (50.4%) were males and 64 (49.6%) were females and majority of them in the age group of 21-40 years (77.5%) with a mean age of 34.89±9.906 years. 82.2% of the participants were working with the clinical specialty of which 95 (73.6%) with 10 years of professional experience and 23 (17.8%) had 10-20 years of professional experience. Majority of the practicing physicians 92 (72.3%) have average knowledge towards COVID-19 vaccines. Overall, the physicians showed positive attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines and 107 (82.9%) said that COVID-19 vaccine was really needed to control the pandemic.

Conclusions: The study recommends promoting all precautionary and preventive measures of COVID-19 with a comprehensive training program for the practicing physicians before the implementation of COVID-19 vaccines which will support public engagement strategies and help to build preparedness for potential vaccine introduction. 


COVID-19 vaccines, Perceptions, Physicians

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