EXPLORING KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND PROPENSITY REGARDING COVID-19 VACCINATION AMONG INDONESIAN YOUTH IN A SUBURBAN AREA

Authors

  • Desdiani Desdiani Department of Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Serang, Banten, Indonesia
  • Auditya Purwandini Sutarto Department of Industrial Engineering, Universitas Qomaruddin, Gresik, Indonesia

Keywords:

adolescents, covid-19, vaccination, sub-urban, young adults

Abstract

As nations strive to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, the perspective of the youth is crucial. This study explores their attitude, knowledge, and propensity concerning COVID-19 vaccination in Indonesia's sub-urban area. Utilizing a cross-sectional design, middle school to bachelor/diploma program students in the Pandeglang District-Banten Province Indonesia, an area with low vaccination uptake, were surveyed. A self-administered questionnaire, covering demographics, attitude, knowledge, risk perception, and propensity toward vaccination, was distributed, yielding a final data set of 936 responses.   The relationship between two variables were analyzed using Chi-Square, Mann-Whitney, or Kruskal-Wallis tests, depending on the nature of variables. The majority of our participants were female (56.5%), aged 12-15 (72.2.%) with 72.4% being junior high school students. Most of the participants had positive attitudes toward a COVID-19 vaccine, 78% had adequate knowledge, 53.1% expressed high perceived risks of contracting COVID-19 without vaccination, and over 80% of participants displayed a strong inclination to receive the vaccine. Gender and age group did not significantly impact the measured variables while those in higher educational levels showed more hesitancy and reduced risk perception regarding severe COVID-19 outcomes. Our findings highlight the need for health-centric community outreach, especially in educational settings. With adolescents and young adults actively using social media, it becomes important for authoritative institutions to control these platforms for accurate public health messaging. Notwithstanding the limitations, this study offers valuable insights into young individuals' vaccination views in developing, sub-urban contexts.

 

 

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2023-12-28

How to Cite

Desdiani, D., & Sutarto, A. P. (2023). EXPLORING KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND PROPENSITY REGARDING COVID-19 VACCINATION AMONG INDONESIAN YOUTH IN A SUBURBAN AREA. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 23(3), 169–180. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/2425