KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE TOWARDS COVID-19 VACCINATION AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS AT A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA

Keywords: COVID-19 Vaccine, Knowledge, Attitude, Hesitancy, Medical students

Abstract

Malaysia has a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical students must help provide information about COVID-19 vaccination to the public. This study assessed the knowledge, attitude, and hesitancy towards COVID-19 vaccination among medical students. An online-based study was conducted involving 156 medical students at a private university. Sociodemographic characteristics, knowledge, attitude, and vaccination hesitancy were collected. Our research findings highlighted that insufficient knowledge and negative attitude may lead to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy/refusal. 25% of our study population who were COVID-19 vaccine hesitant/refusal demonstrated insufficient knowledge (69.2%) and negative attitude (64.1%) towards COVID-19 vaccination. Nevertheless, 75% of the students have registered for COVID-19 vaccination, and most of them have good knowledge (59.8%) and showed positive attitude (58.1%) towards COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination educational programmes focused on improving knowledge and cultivating positive attitude, should be conducted to maximise vaccine acceptance among medical students.

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Published
2021-12-28
How to Cite
Jian Yao, W., Tze Yue, L. T., Chiu Ing Pin, Phoo Kai Ling, Tan Chun Yoong, & bin Mohamed Hassan, M. H. (2021). KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE TOWARDS COVID-19 VACCINATION AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS AT A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 21(3), 42-48. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.21/no.3/art.1152