Perceptions about the COVID-19 disease and the vaccination of those arriving at a vaccination center are correlated with medical public health services management
Ioannis Pantelis Adamopoulos 1 2 * , Antonis Nikos Bardavouras 3 4 , Maad Mohsin Mijwil 5
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1 Region of Attica, Department of Environmental Hygiene and Public Health Inspection, West Sector of Athens, Athens, GREECE2 Department of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, CYPRUS3 Hippokrateio General Hospital, Athens, GREECE4 Hellenic Open University, Patra, GREECE5 Computer Techniques Engineering Department, Baghdad College of Economic Sciences University, Baghdad, IRAQ* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Background: Perceptions of COVID-19 and vaccination depend on personal beliefs, experiences, and trust in health authorities’ information. Cultural and social factors also influence perceptions. Effective government messaging can minimize barriers to vaccination.
Methodology: This cross-sectional research examines socio-demographic parameters related to risk factors, conducted using questionnaires at the vaccination center of Hippokrateio General Hospital of Athens, Greece (n=167), in the last quarter of 2022. Participants were asked to answer questions regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a measurement tool for assessing good health status developed by the World Health Organization. The data were analyzed using IBM SPSS v26.
Results: The study found that women perceive vaccines to cause more harm than men, with younger individuals viewing the infection as harmless. Educational level also influences vaccine side effects and long-term harm. Perceptions of COVID-19 differ based on vaccination status.
Conclusions: This research confirms the link between socio-demographic variables and pandemic severity perception, emphasizing the importance of correlated with medical public health services management in enhancing communication strategies and creating effective vaccination campaigns.

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Article Type: Original Article

ELECTR J MED ED TE, 2024, Volume 17, Issue 2, Article No: em2404

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmets/14440

Publication date: 04 Apr 2024

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