MALAYSIANS PERCEPTIONS TO THE NATIONAL COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM
Keywords:COVID-19 vaccines, Malaysians, Sociodemographic, Vaccine acceptance, Vaccine hesistancy
Vaccination has become a global priority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which began in early 2020. Manufacturers' production of the vaccines has elicited a range of emotions from the public, including acceptance, rejection and even doubt. Sociodemographic factors play a role in Malaysians’ perceptions. Therefore, the goal of this study was to analyse Malaysians' perceptions of the National COVID-19 Immunization Program (NIP). For four weeks, an online survey was employed to perform the research. To answer the study's objectives, a descriptive analysis and the one-way ANOVA were applied. The study's findings revealed that the component of confidence in NIP, particularly in obtaining herd immunity to ensure life returns to normal, is important. There is a widespread public mistrust about the government's ability to manage vaccinations. The vaccination system should be improved according to substantial viewpoints regarding the program. Overall, confidence in NIP was strong while hesitancy in it was moderate. The public’s perceptions of NIP indicated that NIP in Malaysia received high acceptance and cooperation for oneself and family to be vaccinated. Vaccination is widely accepted in Malaysia by the multi-religious population as the need for vaccination is consistent with religious demands.
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