Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021; 25 (7): 3132-3135

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202104_25568

Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine among persons experiencing homelessness in the City of Rome, Italy

C. Iacoella, M. Ralli, A. Maggiolini, A. Arcangeli, L. Ercoli

Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù IRCCS, Rome, Italy. massimo.ralli@uniroma1.it


OBJECTIVE: Vulnerable populations are being more severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic, and the recent release of vaccines for Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) may offer them protection. The aim of this study was to investigate the willingness of homeless persons to be vaccinated against COVID-19; secondary aims were to analyze the immunization coverage for other conditions.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: The acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine and immunization coverage for other conditions were investigated through a form in 112 persons experiencing homelessness referring to the primary care medical services of the Eleemosynaria Apostolica, Holy See.

RESULTS: Most subjects, with a male preponderance, were willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (64.3%), 3.6% were unsure and 32.1% preferred not to be vaccinated. When answering questions on the immunization coverage for tuberculosis and hepatitis A and B, most subjects reported not to be vaccinated (48.2%, 56.2% and 55.3%, respectively) or did not know (33%, 28.6% and 27.7%).

CONCLUSIONS: A significant portion of our sample declared to be willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It would be auspicious that the recent statements from several countries on the importance to extend COVID-19 vaccination to fragile populations be followed by the distribution of the vaccine to these populations.

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C. Iacoella, M. Ralli, A. Maggiolini, A. Arcangeli, L. Ercoli
Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine among persons experiencing homelessness in the City of Rome, Italy

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2021
Vol. 25 - N. 7
Pages: 3132-3135
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202104_25568