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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among parents of children and adolescents living in Brazil

  • Bagateli, Leonardo Evangelista Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, Università Degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • Saeki, Edna Yayoi Pediatrics, Hospital Estadual de Bauru, Bauru, Brazil
  • Fadda, Marta ORCID Institute of Public Health (IPH), Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
  • Agostoni, Carlo ORCID Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, Università Degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy - Pediatric Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  • Marchisio, Paola Giovanna ORCID Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, Università Degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy - Pediatric Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  • Milani, Gregorio Paolo ORCID Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, Università Degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy - Pediatric Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
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  • 2021
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  • Vaccines. - 2021, vol. 9, no. 10, p. 1115
English Background: The immunization of large portions of populations in low/middle-income countries is considered one of the key measures to limit the development of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. However, parental vaccine hesitancy might be an important obstacle to pediatric vaccination. The aim of this survey was to study the prevalence and extent of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among parents of children and adolescents living in Brazil. Methods: Caregivers of children and adolescents referred to the emergency department of Hospital Estadual de Bauru, São Paulo (Brazil) were invited to fill in a validated questionnaire on vaccine hesitancy and to report their willingness for themselves and their offspring to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Results: A total of 501 consecutive caregivers filled in the survey. Response rate was 100%. A minority (N = 14, 2.8%) of caregivers were hesitant about vaccines. Despite this, half of them declared they were willing to vaccinate their offspring against COVID-19. Conclusions: This survey identifies that vaccine hesitancy is very low among caregivers living in Brazil and that even many of the hesitant caregivers are willing to vaccinate their offspring against COVID-19. This study highlights the importance of offering the COVID-19 vaccination to the whole population, including subjects that present uncertainty about other vaccines.
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