Assessment of US Healthcare Personnel Attitudes towards Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination in a Large University Healthcare System

Jana Shaw, Telisa Stewart, Kathryn B. Anderson, Samantha Hanley, Stephen J. Thomas, Daniel A. Salmon, Christopher Morley

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Background: As a priority group, healthcare personnel (HCP) will be key to the success of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination programs. This study assessed HCP willingness to get vaccinated and identified specific concerns that would undermine vaccination efforts. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of HCP, including clinical and nonclinical staff, researchers, and trainees, between 23 November and 5 December 2020. The survey evaluated attitudes, beliefs, and willingness to get vaccinated. Results: There were 5287 respondents with a mean (SD) age of 42.5 (13.56) years; 72.8% were female (n = 3842). Overall, 57.5 % of individuals expressed intent to receive COVID-19 vaccine; 80.4% were physicians and scientists representing the largest group. 33.6% of registered nurses, 31.6% of allied health professionals, and 32% of master's level clinicians were unsure they would take the vaccine (P < .001). Respondents who were older, male, White, or Asian were more likely to get vaccinated than other groups. Vaccine safety, potential adverse events, efficacy, and speed of vaccine development dominated concerns listed by participants. Fewer (54.0%) providers of direct care versus non-care providers (62.4%) and 52.0% of those who had provided care for COVID-19 patients (vs 60.6% of those who had not) indicated they would take the vaccine if offered (P < .001). Conclusions: We observed that self-reported willingness to receive vaccination against COVID-19 differs by hospital roles, with physicians and research scientists showing the highest acceptance. These findings highlight important heterogeneity in personal attitudes among HCPs around COVID-19 vaccines and highlight a need for tailored communication strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1776-1783
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 15 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Education
  • Healthcare personnel
  • Safety
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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