Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9101141
Title: Sentiments Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination among Graduate Students in Singapore
Authors: Lim, Lee Jin 
Lim, Ashley JW 
Fong, Kevin K
Lee, Caroline G 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Research & Experimental Medicine
COVID-19
coronavirus
SARS-CoV-2
vaccination
vaccine acceptance
vaccine hesitancy
vaccine rejection
graduate student
Singapore
UNITED-STATES
WILLINGNESS
PERCEPTIONS
ATTITUDES
VACCINES
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Lim, Lee Jin, Lim, Ashley JW, Fong, Kevin K, Lee, Caroline G (2021-10-01). Sentiments Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination among Graduate Students in Singapore. VACCINES 9 (10). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9101141
Abstract: As the COVID-19 pandemic rages unabated, and with more infectious variants, vaccination may offer a way to transit out of strict restrictions on physical human interactions to curb the virus spread and prevent overwhelming the healthcare system. However, vaccine hesitancy threatens to significantly impact our progress towards achieving this. It is thus important to understand the sentiments regarding vaccination for different segments of the population to facilitate the development of effective strategies to persuade these groups. Here, we surveyed the COVID-19 vaccination sentiments among a highly educated group of graduate students from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Graduate students who are citizens of 54 different countries, mainly from Asia, pursue studies in diverse fields, with 32% expressing vaccine hesitancy. Citizenship, religion, country of undergraduate/postgraduate studies, exposure risk and field of study are significantly associated with vaccine sentiments. Students who are Chinese citizens or studied in Chinese Universities prior to joining NUS are more hesitant, while students of Indian descent or studied in India are less hesitant about vaccination. Side effects, safety issues and vaccine choice are the major concerns of the hesitant group. Hence, this study would facilitate the development of strategies that focus on these determinants to enhance vaccine acceptance.
Source Title: VACCINES
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/226778
ISSN: 2076393X
DOI: 10.3390/vaccines9101141
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