Knowledge and attitude toward COVID-19 vaccines among Iraqi PeopleAuthor(s): Eman Salem Khaffaf*, Lara Kefah Noori and Fatema Hasan Mohammed
The COVID-19 pandemic has already invaded the entire world. Iraq recorded the first confirmed case of "Corona" in the late of February 2020 in Najaf Governorate, southern of Iraq. Then the pandemic invasive rapidly all governorates. Iraq as all countries endeavored to get the vaccines to control of covid-19. Iraqi Ministry of Health announced the arrival of the first dose of the vaccines in March 2021. The ministry clarified the reluctance of Iraqi citizens to take the vaccine. Therefore, this research aims to study the knowledge and attitudes of Iraqis toward COVID-19 vaccines. Survey Monkey was conducted using a structured questionnaire in May, 2021 among Iraqi people. The study shows that around 50.6 % of the participants have insufficient knowledge about COVID-19 vaccines. While, it finds that 72.59 % of them have neutral attitudes towards these vaccines. Research on the acceptability of COVID-19 vaccines shows that most people are uncertain about the use of vaccines. There was a significant relationship between knowledge and age, gender and knowledge, residential area and knowledge, age and attitude, education level and attitude, gender and attitude, and residential area and attitude. Attitude towards the COVID-19 vaccine was moderate, with many indicating that they do not know.