Understanding the shift in influenza vaccine intention among health-care workers (HCWs) is critical for increasing influenza vaccination uptake. Researchers wanted to look at the psychological beliefs that are connected with a change in influenza vaccine intention. In 2016, tertiary hospital HCWs were given an anonymous cross-sectional survey. 70 percent of 3007 HCWs were compliant, 8% were resistive, 10% had positive change, and 12% had negative change. Medical personnel had the greatest proportion of HCWs who had had all influenza vaccines in the previous 5 years, as well as the highest proportion who had never received immunisation. When compared to the vaccine-resistant group, HCWs were less likely to have a negative or positive change in intention as they grew older. HCWs were more likely to be compliant or to have a favourable change in intention to obtain influenza vaccine if they regarded the vaccine to be effective, safe, or if they had received influenza vaccination more frequently in the previous 5 years. 

HCWs who worked as medical staff, felt that vaccination adverse effects were frequent, or had worked for 6 to 10 years were less likely to be compliant. Finally, older HCWs were more inclined to maintain the status quo when it came to influenza vaccination. Influenza vaccine plans should emphasise vaccination safety and effectiveness.

Reference: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21645515.2019.1688037