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Table 2 Beliefs of the vaccine accepting, vaccine refusing, and vaccine hesitant dental teaching staff of Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University, Egypt (N = 171)

From: COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and perceptions among dental teaching staff of a governmental university in Egypt

  Are you willing to take COVID-19 vaccine? Total P value
No Not sure Yes
Have you ever postponed a vaccine recommended by the ministry of health/physician because you have doubts about it? I don't remember 5 (50.0%) 2 (20.0%) 3 (30.0%) 10 (5.8) < 0.01*
No 41 (37.6%) 2 (1.8%) 66 (60.6%) 109 (63.7)
Yes 34 (65.4%) 9 (17.3%) 9 (17.3%) 52 (30.4)
I am more likely to contract COVID-19 than other people because of the nature of my job. Strongly agree/agree 55 (44.7%) 6 (4.9%) 62 (50.4%) 123 (71.9) < 0.01*
Neutral 14 (40.0%) 7 (20.0%) 14 (40.0%) 35 (20.5)
Strongly disagree/disagree 11 (84.6%) 0 (0.0%) 2 (15.4%) 13 (7.6)
Even if I fall ill with another disease, I will not go to hospital because of risk of getting COVID-19 in the hospital. Strongly agree/agree 26 (44.1%) 2 (3.4%) 31 (52.5%) 59 (34.5) .484
Neutral 31 (50.0%) 6 (9.7%) 25 (40.3%) 62 (36.3)
Strongly disagree/disagree 23 (46.0%) 5 (10.0%) 22 (44.0%) 50 (29.2)
I believe I can protect myself against COVID-19 better than other people because I have a good medical background. Strongly agree/agree 34 (47.2%) 4 (5.6%) 34 (47.2%) 72 (42.1) .410
Neutral 30 (52.6%) 6 (10.5%) 21 (36.8%) 57 (33.3)
Strongly disagree/disagree 16 (38.1%) 3 (7.1%) 23 (54.8%) 42 (24.6)
I believe that the number of COVID-19 patients will increase in my country over the next month. Strongly agree/agree 59 (50.9%) 6 (5.2%) 51 (44.0%) 116 (67.8) .172
Neutral 15 (42.9%) 5 (14.3%) 15 (42.9%) 35 (20.5)
Strongly disagree/disagree 6 (30.0%) 2 (10.0%) 12 (60.0%) 20 (11.7)
I believe that community facilities such as educational institutions should be closed in the meantime. Strongly agree/agree 55 (51.4%) 7 (6.5%) 45 (42.1%) 107 (62.6) .079
Neutral 14 (45.2%) 5 (16.1%) 12 (38.7%) 31 (18.1)
Strongly disagree/disagree 11 (33.3%) 1 (3.0%) 21 (63.6%) 33 (19.3)
I believe that all international travel should be banned in the meantime. Strongly agree/agree 53 (54.1%) 9 (9.2%) 36 (36.7%) 98 (57.3) .076
Neutral 15 (39.5%) 3 (7.9%) 20 (52.6%) 38 (22.2)
Strongly disagree/disagree 12 (34.3%) 1 (2.9%) 22 (62.9%) 35 (20.5)
I expect this pandemic to get larger. Strongly agree/agree 44 (55.0%) 6 (7.5%) 30 (37.5%) 80 (46.7) .261
Neutral 25 (42.4%) 5 (8.5%) 29 (49.2%) 59 (34.5)
Strongly disagree/disagree 11 (34.4%) 2 (6.3%) 19 (59.4%) 32 (18.7)
Vaccines are effective at preventing diseases. Strongly agree/agree 48 (42.9%) 5 (4.5%) 59 (52.7%) 112 (65.5) .031*
Neutral 22 (51.2%) 7 (16.3%) 14 (32.6%) 43 (25.1)
Strongly disagree/disagree 10 (62.5%) 1 (6.3%) 5 (31.3%) 16 (9.4)
Diseases provide better immunity than vaccines do. Strongly agree/agree 21 (53.8%) 2 (5.1%) 16 (41.0%) 39 (22.8) .293
Neutral 44 (50.0%) 8 (9.1%) 36 (40.9%) 88 (51.5)
Strongly disagree/disagree 15 (34.1%) 3 (6.8%) 26 (59.1%) 44 (25.7)
I believe vaccines are safe. Strongly agree/agree 14 (28.0%) 0 (0.0%) 36 (72.0%) 50 (29.2) < 0.01*
Neutral 41 (48.2%) 8 (9.4%) 36 (42.4%) 85 (49.7)
Strongly disagree/disagree 25 (69.4%) 5 (13.9%) 6 (16.7%) 36 (21.1)
I’m concerned COVID-19 vaccine might transmit the virus to me. Strongly agree/agree 27 (79.4%) 2 (5.9%) 5 (14.7%) 34 (19.9) < 0.01*
Neutral 21 (51.2%) 8 (19.5%) 12 (29.3%) 41 (24)
Strongly disagree/disagree 32 (33.3%) 3 (3.1%) 61 (63.5%) 96 (65.1)
I’m concerned about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination. Strongly agree/agree 61 (57.5%) 6 (5.7%) 39 (36.8%) 106 (62) < 0.01*
Neutral 15 (31.9%) 7 (14.9%) 25 (53.2%) 47 (27.5)
Strongly disagree/disagree 4 (22.2%) 0 (0.0%) 14 (77.8%) 18 (10.5)
I’m concerned about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination. Strongly agree/agree 69 (60.5%) 7 (6.1%) 38 (33.3%) 114 (66.7) < 0.01*
Neutral 7 (18.4%) 6 (15.8%) 25 (65.8%) 38 (22.2)
Strongly disagree/disagree 4 (21.1%) 0 (0.0%) 15 (78.9%) 19 (11.1)
I’m concerned about the long-term side effects of COVID-19 vaccination. Strongly agree/agree 68 (57.1%) 9 (7.6%) 42 (35.3%) 119 (69.6) < 0.01*
Neutral 10 (26.3%) 4 (10.5%) 24 (63.2%) 38 (22.2)
Strongly disagree/disagree 2 (14.3%) 0 (0.0%) 12 (85.7%) 14 (8.1)
I’m concerned about faulty/fake COVID-19 vaccine. Strongly agree/agree 48 (53.3%) 7 (7.8%) 35 (38.9%) 90 (52.6) .302
Neutral 19 (43.2%) 4 (9.1%) 21 (47.7%) 44 (25.7)
Strongly disagree/disagree 13 (35.1%) 2 (5.4%) 22 (59.5%) 37 (21.6)
I’m concerned it might affect my fertility. Strongly agree/agree 24 (64.9%) 1 (2.7%) 12 (32.4%) 37 (21.6) .145
Neutral 29 (42.6%) 7 (10.3%) 32 (47.1%) 68 (39.8)
Strongly disagree/disagree 27 (40.9%) 5 (7.6%) 34 (51.5%) 66 (38.6)
I’m concerned it might be teratogenic. Strongly agree/agree 37 (60.7%) 5 (8.2%) 19 (31.1%) 61 (35.7) .052
Neutral 26 (39.4%) 6 (9.1%) 34 (51.5%) 66 (38.6)
Strongly disagree/disagree 17 (38.6%) 2 (4.5%) 25 (56.8%) 44 (25.7)
I’m concerned I might have allergy to COVID-19 vaccine. Strongly agree/agree 27 (58.7%) 6 (13.0%) 13 (28.3%) 46 (26.9) .039*
Neutral 28 (43.8%) 5 (7.8%) 31 (48.4%) 64 (37.4)
Strongly disagree/disagree 25 (41.0%) 2 (3.3%) 34 (55.7%) 61 (35.7)
I’m concerned it might make my current health condition worse. Strongly agree/agree 48 (64.0%) 7 (9.3%) 20 (26.7%) 75 (43.9) < 0.01*
Neutral 20 (40.8%) 5 (10.2%) 24 (49.0%) 49 (28.7)
Strongly disagree/disagree 12 (25.5%) 1 (2.1%) 34 (72.3%) 47 (27.5)
I believe the duration of clinical trials was short. Strongly agree/agree 74 (52.9%) 9 (6.4%) 57 (40.7%) 140 (81.9) < 0.01*
Neutral 6 (30.0%) 4 (20.0%) 10 (50.0%) 20 (11.7)
Strongly disagree/disagree 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 11 (100.0%) 11 (6.4)
I will only take the COVID-19 vaccine if the vaccine is taken by many in the public. Strongly agree/agree 36 (57.1%) 6 (9.5%) 21 (33.3%) 63 (36.8) .018*
Neutral 25 (45.5%) 6 (10.9%) 24 (43.6%) 55 (32.1)
Strongly disagree/disagree 19 (35.8%) 1 (1.9%) 33 (62.3%) 53 (31)
I don’t trust the pharmaceutical companies that developed the COVID-19 vaccine. Strongly agree/agree 32 (64.0%) 1 (2.0%) 17 (34.0%) 50 (29.2) < 0.01*
Neutral 38 (50.0%) 10 (13.2%) 28 (36.8%) 76 (44.4)
Strongly disagree/disagree 10 (22.2%) 2 (4.4%) 33 (73.3%) 45 (26.3)
I believe vaccination decreases my chances of getting COVID-19 or its complications. Strongly agree/agree 14 (19.2%) 2 (2.7%) 57 (78.1%) 73 (42.7) < 0.01*
Neutral 45 (66.2%) 9 (13.2%) 14 (20.6%) 68 (39.8)
Strongly disagree/disagree 21 (70.0%) 2 (6.7%) 7 (23.3%) 30 (17.5)
I would get the vaccine to prevent transmitting COVID-19 to relatives/friends. Strongly agree/agree 19 (23.2%) 4 (4.9%) 59 (72.0%) 82 (48) < 0.01*
Neutral 37 (66.1%) 6 (10.7%) 13 (23.2%) 56 (32.7)
Strongly disagree/disagree 24 (72.7%) 3 (9.1%) 6 (18.2%) 33 (19.3)
  1. *Statistically significant differences. All data were analyzed using Fisher’s exact test