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COVID-19 VACCINE HESITANCY AMONG STUDENTS IN NON-HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS IN A PHILIPPINE TERTIARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Volume: 99  ,  Issue: 1 , April    Published Date: 25 April 2022
Publisher Name: IJRP
Views: 69  ,  Download: 29 , Pages: 237 - 243    
DOI: 10.47119/IJRP100991420223071

Authors

# Author Name
1 Angelica G. Frias
2 Angel Marinelle P. Oares
3 Jullien Everly P. Salas
4 Lalaine M. Mendi
5 Mark Virgil B. Lobendino

Abstract

Regardless of the fact that vaccination saves millions of lives each year, vaccine hesitancy on COVID-19 still affects a sizable portion of the population in the world, including the Philippines. The differences in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among students at PHINMA Saint Jude College in both non-health and health professions were investigated in this study. Four indicators were identified and used: knowledge of COVID-19, social factors, health-related factors, and geographical factors. A quantitative-descriptive study was conducted to see if there is a difference in how students from non-health and health professions perceive vaccine hesitancy to COVID-19. The data gathered were analyzed using SPSS. The Mann-Whitney U test, weighted mean, and simple percentage were performed. Lastly, statistical differences were accepted when p-values were < 0.05. Only 274 of the survey responses were analyzed in this study. The results show that 99.3% of the gathered participants were already vaccinated, compared to 0.7% who were still hesitant to be vaccinated. The findings also showed that knowledge of COVID-19 (p = 0.004), social factors (p = 0.042), health-related factors (p = 0.015), and geographical factors (p = 0.033) influenced the respondents’ COVID-19 vaccination. The outcomes implied that all these factors influencing vaccine hesitancy, which had p-values < 0.05 level of significance, significantly differed among students in non-health and health professions. COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is expectedly low among students in health professions compared to students in non-health professions, and it is significantly influenced by COVID-19 knowledge, social factors, health-related factors, and geographical factors.

Keywords

  • COVID-19; Non-health and Health professions; Philippines; Vaccine hesitancy