Students' Knowledge and Willingness Towards COVID-19 Vaccination, University of Bohol


  • Kathryn Jane J. Canuto University of Bohol
  • Fideliz Mae R. Galimba University of Bohol
  • Darl Vinzy F. Romarate University of Bohol
  • Andrea Jane A. Bastasa University of Bohol
  • Ahlea Haezel M. Ricafort University of Bohol
  • Jonna Mae C. Canizares University of Bohol
  • Earl Lester M. Jo University of Bohol
  • Sophia M. Ozoa University of Bohol
  • Layna B. Opaco College of Nursing - University of Bohol
  • Joy Marcia B.  Lupot University of Bohol



Knowledge, Willingness, COVID-19, Vaccination


The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, necessitating a collective response. As vaccination emerges as a critical tool in the battle against the virus, this research explores the knowledge and willingness of allied medical students at the University of Bohol toward COVID-19 vaccination. With 839 students enrolled for the second semester of the academic year 2021-2022, a representative sample of 286 students was selected. Utilizing a standardized questionnaire, the study assessed knowledge levels and willingness to vaccinate among students from the College of Nursing, Pharmacy, Midwifery, and Physical and Occupational Therapy departments. Results indicate a moderate knowledge level (composite mean = 2.84), with awareness of preventive measures and the existence of a vaccine. Positive attitudes towards vaccination, emphasizing communal health responsibility and trust in healthcare providers, were evident. However, concerns about potential side effects were relatively low. Demographic analyses revealed age and sex-based variations in knowledge and willingness, emphasizing the need for tailored educational initiatives. Notably, there was no significant correlation between knowledge and willingness, underscoring the multi-faceted nature of individuals' attitudes toward vaccination. These findings provide crucial insights for public health strategies, urging targeted educational campaigns and emphasizing nuanced approaches for different demographic groups. The study contributes valuable perspectives for refining vaccination programs and addressing the evolving challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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Author Biography

Layna B. Opaco, College of Nursing - University of Bohol

Tagbilaran City, Philippines


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