Background: Healthcare workers intention to be vaccinated is an important factor to be consider for successful COVID-19 vaccination programme . Our study aimed to understand the intention of health workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine and associated concerns across 10 countries in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO).
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted in January 2021 among healthcare workers using an online survey . A total of 2806 health workers (physicians, nurses and pharmacists) completed and returned the informed consent along with the questionnaire electronically . Data were analyzed using IBM SPSS software package version 20.0 .
Results: More than half of the respondents (58.0 %) intend to receive COVID-19 vaccine, even if the vaccination is not mandatory for them . On the other hand , 25.7% of respondents were not intending to undertake COVID-19 vaccination while 16.3% answered undecided . The top three reasons for not intending to be vaccinated were unreliability of COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials (62.0 %), fear of the side effects of the vaccine (45.3 %), and that COVID-19 vaccine will not give immunity for a long period of time (23.1 %). Conclusion: Overall, our study revealed suboptimal acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine among healthcare workers in the 10 countries in EMRO.