Background: Vaccine hesitancy is the main barrier to the effective management of COVID-19. This study aims to evaluate attitudes towards vaccination and containment measures in Italy, and the role of occupational physicians in the management of COVID-19. Methods: Between 26 and 31January 2022, we conducted a national online survey including 1000 respondents (631 workers). A series of questions were asked to obtain information on atti-tudes towards COVID-19 vaccination, containment measures and management of COVID-19. Sampling weights were used to obtain national estimates. Results: The majority of respondents (92.6%) received at least two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (or one dose of Ad26.COV2.S Janssen,), only 4.9% did not get any dose. Most interviewees (79.2%) stated that the decision to be vaccinated was their own choice, while 4.3% were convinced by the general practitioner or the occupational physician. History of SARS-CoV-2 infection was reported by 23.9% of the partici-pants (30.2% among workers); and 40% of the infected workers were contacted/visited by an occupational physician. Conclusions: Vaccine uptake was remarkably high in Italy. Occupational physicians played a relevant role in the management of COVID-19.

Attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination and containment measures in Italy and the role of occupational physicians

Spatari, Giovanna
2022-01-01

Abstract

Background: Vaccine hesitancy is the main barrier to the effective management of COVID-19. This study aims to evaluate attitudes towards vaccination and containment measures in Italy, and the role of occupational physicians in the management of COVID-19. Methods: Between 26 and 31January 2022, we conducted a national online survey including 1000 respondents (631 workers). A series of questions were asked to obtain information on atti-tudes towards COVID-19 vaccination, containment measures and management of COVID-19. Sampling weights were used to obtain national estimates. Results: The majority of respondents (92.6%) received at least two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (or one dose of Ad26.COV2.S Janssen,), only 4.9% did not get any dose. Most interviewees (79.2%) stated that the decision to be vaccinated was their own choice, while 4.3% were convinced by the general practitioner or the occupational physician. History of SARS-CoV-2 infection was reported by 23.9% of the partici-pants (30.2% among workers); and 40% of the infected workers were contacted/visited by an occupational physician. Conclusions: Vaccine uptake was remarkably high in Italy. Occupational physicians played a relevant role in the management of COVID-19.
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