Exploring COVID-19 vaccines hesitancy among the Muslim community of the east coast region in Malaysia

Mohamad Firdaus, Mohamad Ismail and Nurul Nabila Syuhada, Salim and Siti Zuhaidah, Shahadan and Nur Mursyidah, Abdul Hamid and Tuan Sidek, Tuan Muda and Falasifah Ani, Yuniarti Exploring COVID-19 vaccines hesitancy among the Muslim community of the east coast region in Malaysia. International Journal of Care Scholars (IJCS), 6 (2). pp. 51-58. ISSN 2600-898X. (Published)

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Introduction: The development of vaccines against SARS-COV-2 infections has marked a significant milestone in the current COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccines can provide a way to prevent the pandemic. Despite the high acceptance rate, Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan (east coast region) remain the lowest vaccination rate in Malaysia. Most of Malaysia's population in the east coast region is Muslim, but there is no study exploring this phenomenon. Objective: This study aims to understand the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Malaysia's Muslim community of the east coast region. Methodology: This study used a qualitative research design study. Six participants from the east coast region of Malaysia were recruited from February until June 2022. The recruitment techniques used purposive sampling methods. In-depth interviews with participants were used on virtual platforms. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings: Three themes were identified 1) source of information; they believe rumours spread by the anti-vaccine movement or their close family 2) safety issues concern; they are scared of potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, 3) self-belief; they believe self-isolation and proper diet better than vaccine intervention. Conclusion: Although 95.7 per cent of the population is wholly vaccinated, some still do not intend to take any COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia. This study can provide data and crucial information that will help develop strategies to remove the related hesitancy and improve public uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Understanding; Misconception; Hesitancy; COVID-19 vaccination
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty/Division: Center for Human Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2024 03:22
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 03:22
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/40650
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