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Willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19: An exploratory online survey in a Portuguese cohort of multiple sclerosis patients

Authors
  • Serrazina, Filipa1
  • Sobral Pinho, André1
  • Cabral, Gonçalo1
  • Salavisa, Manuel1
  • Correia, Ana Sofia1, 2
  • 1 Neurology Department, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental, Lisboa, Portugal
  • 2 CEDOC, NOVA Medical School, NMS, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1169-056 Lisboa, Portugal
Type
Published Article
Journal
Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Publisher
Elsevier B.V.
Publication Date
Mar 05, 2021
Volume
51
Pages
102880–102880
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.msard.2021.102880
PMID: 33740481
PMCID: PMC7932878
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Background Little is known about MS patients’ acceptability of a COVID-19 vaccine. Objective and methods An online survey was conducted among MS patients to study COVID-19 vaccine acceptability and its associated factors. Results and conclusion Among 256 participants, 80.9% of the patients were either definitely or probably willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Most hesitant patients would consider being vaccinated under physician recommendation. Older patients and those with comorbidities seem to be more willing to get vaccinated. Moreover, vaccine acceptability was associated with participants’ convictions and concerns about COVID-19, as well as previous vaccination practices.

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