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07 December 2022: Clinical Research

A Prospective Questionnaire-Based Study to Evaluate Factors Affecting the Decision to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination in 267 Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Poland

Michał Łodyga 12ABCDEF* , Katarzyna Maciejewska 1ABCDF , Grażyna Rydzewska 13ADFG

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.938665

Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e938665

Table 6 Reasons for receiving or refusing the vaccination.

VariableValue, n (%)
Reasons for vaccination
For family safety135 (71.1)
Does not want to get COVID-19129 (67.9)
Treated with immunosuppressants (greater risk of a severe course of the disease)123 (64.7)
Social responsibility115 (60.5)
Wants normal life back98 (51.6)
Believes that people should vaccinate against all life-threatening infectious diseases82 (43.2)
Herd immunity74 (38.9)
Favorable benefit-risk balance of the vaccine61 (32.1)
Trust in scientists59 (31.1)
Promising safety31 (16.3)
Other reasons4 (2.1)
Reasons against vaccination
Fear of adverse effects38 (50.0)
Fear of long-term adverse effects28 (36.8)
Fear of exacerbation of disease26 (34.2)
Lack of confidence in the research and production process21 (27.6)
Vaccine was invented too quickly18 (23.7)
Exacerbation of gastrointestinal disease (patient themself stated contraindications)17 (22.4)
History of COVID-1917 (22.4)
Exacerbation of gastrointestinal disease (gastroenterologist stated contraindications)11 (14.5)
Did not know if they can be vaccinated8 (10.5)
Exacerbation of gastrointestinal disease (another doctor stated contraindications)7 (9.2)
High levels of antibodies7 (9.2)
Does not trust pharmaceutical industry6 (7.9)
Believes there is no need to vaccinate5 (6.6)
Not at increased risk3 (3.9)
Does not know how long the protection works for3 (3.9)
Has other contraindications (shock, allergic reaction)3 (3.9)
Does not believe in pandemic2 (2.6)
Vaccine will not work2 (2.6)
Doctor did not recommend0 (0.0)
Other reasons0 (0.0)

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