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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 347-351

Reasons for and Perceptions about the COVID-19 Vaccination among dental undergraduate students in India: A questionnaire-based study

1 Interns, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Pankaj Gupta
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_148_21

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Background: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the newly discovered coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). Efforts are being taken to control the spread of this disease, of which the development of vaccine against COVID-19 is a major landmark. However, doubts on the efficacy of the vaccine do exist among the population. Aim: The aim of this study was to know the reasons for, perceptions of, and knowledge about the COVID-19 vaccination among dental undergraduate students. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted using an online survey and distributed among undergraduate dental students throughout India. An online validated and piloted questionnaire was sent to dental colleges throughout India using the Google Forms platform. The responses were downloaded in MS Excel 2019. Descriptive analysis (SPSS IBM, USA version 25) was used. Results: The response rate of the study was 32%. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection was the primary reason for getting vaccinated and nonavailability of long-term safety data was the main reason for not getting vaccinated. Majority of the students agree that wearing masks, frequent handwashing, hand sanitation, and social distancing postvaccination are necessary. Conclusion: The study points to a rational wait-and-watch strategy adopted by majority of vaccine-hesitant dental students, though the flaws in reasons for getting vaccinated were observed in the present study. These flaws point to the need for a genuine, consolidated, up-to-date, unified easily available, and succinct source of information on all aspects of the present COVID-19 pandemic.

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