Document Type : Research Paper

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Department of Family and Community Medicine , College of Medicine , University of Mosul , Mosul , Iraq

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Objective: To understand the impact of a novel COVID-19 pandemic on parents’ general attitudes about children's vaccines.
Materials and Methods: 625 parents of children under the age of six who visited the four primary healthcare centers between December 1, 2022, and March 30, 2023, participated in the study. A total of 17 questions were asked about children’s vaccination state and sociodemographic characteristics of participants and their children, Additional research on attitudes and conduct around routine childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Results: 25.44% (n = 159) of the participants had children with delayed vaccination. Reasons for delaying vaccinations during the pandemic were discovered including 88.68% (n = 141) reasons related to COVID-19, where the participants stated 68.55 (n=109) “fear of COVID-19 infection,” 12.25% (n = 20) “one or more of the family member was infected by COVID-19 this lead to the entire family is in quarantine,” and 7.55% (n = 12) “curfew or transportation issues.” the most influencing variables for vaccination when parents visit a healthcare center were “children's routine vaccinations are essential and must be given. Further, they have been informed that the required precautions are being taken, and they are aware of how the COVID-19 infection is spread.."
Conclusion: Parents should be told by healthcare workers that vaccination is essential and must be given on schedule at all times during a pandemic with continuous appointments for vaccination procedures during a pandemic.
 

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