Publications by authors named "Itay Nitzan"

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Primary Care Interventions to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Israel Defense Forces Soldiers.

J Community Health 2021 May 14. Epub 2021 May 14.

Israel Defense Forces, Medical Corps, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan, Israel.

Vaccine hesitancy is an obstacle to achieving high vaccination rates for COVID-19. Current knowledge on vaccine uptake is mostly based on hypothetical intention to vaccinate surveys. We compared intention to vaccinate and real-world vaccine uptake among 511 soldiers in a military unit during an unrestricted, on-site COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Soldiers were offered group lectures, on-site consultations and primary care office visits, discussing concerns on vaccination with a primary care physician. Overall, 359 (70.3%) soldiers participated in the group lectures, 33 (6.5%) in on-site consultations and 19 (3.7%) attended primary care visits. Overall, 459 (89.8%) of 511 soldiers vaccinated for COVID-19. Of the 90 soldiers initially refusing, 38 (42.2%) had agreed to receive a vaccine. On-site COVID-19 vaccine rollout joined with primary care communication interventions may maximize vaccine uptake within a young-adult community. Future studies should evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts across different populations in a controlled and comparative manner.
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