Objective: to measure COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and related factors to undercover nurses' concerns and fears.
Design: a cross-sectional study.
Sample: the study included 639 nurses; 83% were females, and 80% under 50 years.
Measurement: a self-administered questionnaire was used. It included demographic characteristics, COVID-19 related fears and concerns, COVID-19 vaccine perceived benefits, and intention toward getting the vaccine.
Results: 40% of the nurses planned to get the vaccine when available, 41% would take it later when adequate protection and safety were presented, and 18% would never take it. Significant factors associated with vaccination intention were: age (adjusted OR 1.42, 95%CI: 1.02-1.99); lack of knowledge about the vaccine (adjusted OR 2.6, 95%CI 1.81 -3.8); concern about long-term side effects (adjusted OR 2.0, 95%CI 1.4-2.9); fear of injection (adjusted OR 1.5, 95%CI 1.04-2.13); natural immunity preference (adjusted OR 5.8, 95%CI 4.5-8.3); media misrepresentation (adjusted OR 1.7, 95%CI 1.2-2.4) and getting COVID-19 from the vaccine (adjusted OR 1.5, 95%CI 1.1-2.1).
Conclusion: COVID-19 vaccine safety and side-effects concerns impact nurses' intentions to accept the vaccine and result in low acceptance rates. Urgent action is needed to address these fears and raise confidence, as nurses' vaccine-related decisions can affect the public's vaccine acceptance.