Near East University Experimental Health Sciences Research Center (DESAM) and Faculty of Medicine researchers conducted a survey to determine the opinions of those living in the TRNC about the vaccines developed against the new type of coronavirus.
46 percent of the respondents said they wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While 25 percent of the participants are undecided to get vaccinated, 29 percent of them are unwilling to vaccinate. DESAM Research Institute Director Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ said that the results show that the society should be informed about COVID-19 vaccines regardless of the level of education.
DESAM Research Institute researchers and Faculty of Medicine faculty members Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Prof. Dr. İlker Etikan and Asst. Assoc. Dr. 87 percent of those who participated in the research conducted by Ayşe Arıkan Sarıoğlu worry that they or one of their family members will catch COVID-19. 44 percent of the participants believe that COVID-19 vaccines can have serious side effects that can affect human health.
Within the scope of the survey conducted with 374 participants in the TRNC with a population of 362 thousand, while the knowledge levels of the participants on vaccines were investigated, the reasons of those who did not want to have the COVID-19 vaccine and their opinions about the reliability of these vaccines were also examined.
85 Percent Worried About Side Effects ...
According to the results of the survey, among the reasons for those who do not want to be vaccinated, concerns about side effects are the highest (85 percent). 10 percent of the participants do not think the vaccine will be effective. 3 percent are against vaccination in general. On the other hand, 2 percent do not want to be vaccinated as a result of their negative experiences in the past.
Information should be given on the dose to be administered
While 60 percent of the respondents stated that they knew that the vaccines would be shot in two doses, it turned out that 30 percent had no idea. 10 percent have wrong information about the dose to be applied. According to the survey, 22 percent of respondents believe the outbreak can pass on its own without vaccination. While 43 percent are undecided about the necessity of the vaccine, 35 percent think that the vaccine is necessary.
People Do Not Have Sufficient Knowledge About Vaccine Safety…
According to the results of the study, 87 percent of the participants were university graduates, 45 percent of the participants do not have enough information about vaccines and their safety. 57 percent of the participants think that only service employees (hairdressers, barbers, supermarket staff, restaurant staff, takeaway personnel, etc.) should be vaccinated. The results demonstrate the need to explain the benefits of the vaccine to all levels of education.
Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: "We must definitely be vaccinated…"
Near East University DESAM Research Institute Director Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ says, "We definitely cannot be vaccinated" in order to control the epidemic. Stating that there is no harm in making vaccines with proven safety and efficiency, Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ thinks that vaccination of everyone will be the best approach to prevent the disease. Stating that vaccination of the society is important for health based on the risk ranking, Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ emphasizes that the vaccine has an effective role in overcoming the disease and gaining public immunity. Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ added that the social distance and mask applications applied to protect against the virus after vaccination should continue with the same sensitivity.