A total of 436 responses were received in the two weeks period. Of these, 327 (75%) were medical doctors, 34 (7.80%) were nurses, 39 (8.94%) were paramedical staff and 36 (8.26%) were other health staff (Table 1).
The respondents belong to all provinces and regions of Pakistan but the majority participated from the province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) 335 (77%). 47 (11%), 27 (6%), 12 (3%), 11 (3%) were from Punjab, Sindh, Federal and Baluchistan respectively. Two third of the respondents were in the age category 19-39 years, n=293 (67%,). The most frequently reported category for years of experience was 0 – 5 years reported by, n=176 (40%). Most of them n=180, (41%) worked in tertiary care hospitals while n=99 (23%), n=44 (10%), n=44 (10%) worked in secondary care hospital, primary care hospitals and emergency operation centers respectively. Respondent’s further details on the characteristics are provided in Table 1.
Out of 436 respondents, n=133 (31%) had tested COVID-19 positive. Total 68 (16%) respondents have an existing chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory tract disease. When asked, about if they had adequate information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, only 202 (46%) of the health-care workers agreed with having adequate information.
260 (60%) health-care workers responded that they would accept receiving vaccine against COVID-19 if available, 136 (31%) would wait & see and 16 (4%) would categorically refuse vaccination. 308 (71%) were completely confident or confident in using USA, UK manufactured COVID-19 vaccine, whereas 267 (61%) were completely confident or confident in using China manufactured COVID-19 vaccine.
326 (75%) strongly agreed or agreed that they will feel less worried about getting COVID-19 if vaccinated. 329 (75%) acknowledged that vaccination decreases their risk of contracting COVID-19 and its complications. 174 (40%) indicated that they are worried about possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.
Total 292 (67%) strongly agreed or agreed that they are concerned about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination whereas 293 (67%) are concerned about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination including 238 (54.5%) voicing concerns about potential fake and faulty COVID-19 vaccine.
320 (73.3%) indicated concerns about the cold chain maintenance of COVID-19 vaccine and 125 (28.6%) about the permissibility of COVID-19 vaccine on religious ground. 128 participants (29.3%,) assumed that there might be hidden motives behind eagerness of authorities to administer / provide COVID-19 vaccine free. Respondent’s further details on the respondent’s characteristics are provided in Table 02(a-c).
The majority of respondents were from the KPK province of Pakistan. Further details of the KPK respondent’s characteristics are provided in Table 03(a-c)
A separate analysis was run for total 133 respondents who were COVID-19 positive among which a majority were doctors and working at tertiary care hospitals 67(50%) of Pakistan.
72 (54%) responded that they are willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine if available. 95 (71%) strongly agreed or agreed that they would feel less worried of contracting COVID-19 if vaccinated. 31 (23%) were concerned about permissibility of COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds. The details given in Table 04.