COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Dental Professionals Based on Employment Status During the Pandemic

Asaf Zigron, Amiel A. Dror, Nicole G. Morozov, Tali Shani, Tharwat Haj Khalil, Netanel Eisenbach, Doaa Rayan, Amani Daoud, Fares Kablan, Hesham Marei, Eyal Sela, Samer Srouji

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The COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly across the globe, leading governments to impose prolonged lockdowns on both movement and commerce. Although lockdowns decrease the rates of novel infections, they can have devastating consequences on the economy and employment levels. One of the most severely affected sectors during this crisis has been dental medicine. Dental professionals are uniquely exposed to environments with high levels of occupational hazards, conferring additional risks of viral exposure and transmission. We analyzed 506 anonymous questionnaires completed by dentists and residents regarding acceptance of a future potential SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Our results demonstrate a statistically significant correlation between the individual's unemployment rate and their willingness to inoculate with a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine when it becomes available. This information can be used to predict trends of vaccine acceptance or rejection based on economic burden during the COVID-19 pandemic by different sectors as part of the preparedness toward global vaccination programs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number618403
JournalFrontiers in Medicine
StatePublished - 9 Feb 2021

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© Copyright © 2021 Zigron, Dror, Morozov, Shani, Haj Khalil, Eisenbach, Rayan, Daoud, Kablan, Marei, Sela and Srouji.


  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • unemployment
  • vaccine
  • vaccine hesistancy


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