SARS-CoV-2 vaccination rate and SARS-CoV-2 infection of health care workers in aerosol-generating medical disciplines

  • Healthcare workers (HCW) who perform aerosol-generating procedures (AGP) are at high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Data on infection rates and vaccination are limited. A nationwide, cross-sectional study focusing on AGP-related specialties was conducted between 3 May 2021 and 14 June 2021. Vaccination rates among HCW, perception of infection risk, and infection rates were analyzed, focusing on the comparison of gastrointestinal endoscopy (GIE) and other AGP-related specialties (NON-GIE), from the beginning of the pandemic until the time point of the study. Infections rates among HCW developed similarly to the general population during the course of the pandemic, however, with significantly higher infections rates among the GIE specialty. The perceived risk of infection was distributed similarly among HCW in GIE and NON-GIE (91.7%, CI: 88.6–94.4 vs. 85.8%, CI: 82.4–89.0; p < 0.01) with strongest perceived threats posed by AGPs (90.8%) and close patient contact (70.1%). The very highHealthcare workers (HCW) who perform aerosol-generating procedures (AGP) are at high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Data on infection rates and vaccination are limited. A nationwide, cross-sectional study focusing on AGP-related specialties was conducted between 3 May 2021 and 14 June 2021. Vaccination rates among HCW, perception of infection risk, and infection rates were analyzed, focusing on the comparison of gastrointestinal endoscopy (GIE) and other AGP-related specialties (NON-GIE), from the beginning of the pandemic until the time point of the study. Infections rates among HCW developed similarly to the general population during the course of the pandemic, however, with significantly higher infections rates among the GIE specialty. The perceived risk of infection was distributed similarly among HCW in GIE and NON-GIE (91.7%, CI: 88.6–94.4 vs. 85.8%, CI: 82.4–89.0; p < 0.01) with strongest perceived threats posed by AGPs (90.8%) and close patient contact (70.1%). The very high vaccination rate (100–80%) among physicians was reported at 83.5%, being significantly more frequently reported than among nurses (56.4%, p < 0.01). GIE had more often stated very high vaccination rate compared with NON-GIE (76.1% vs. 65.3%, p < 0.01). A significantly higher rate of GIE was reported to have fewer concerns regarding infection risk after vaccination than NON-GIE (92.0% vs. 80.3%, p < 0.01).show moreshow less

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Author:Anna Muzalyova, Alanna Ebigbo, Maria Kahn, Stephan Zellmer, Albert Beyer, Jonas Rosendahl, Johannes ZenkGND, Bilal Al-Nawas, Roland Frankenberger, Juergen Hoffmann, Christoph Arens, Frank Lammert, Claudia Traidl-HoffmannORCiDGND, Helmut MessmannGND, Christoph Roemmele
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:384-opus4-959199
Frontdoor URLhttps://opus.bibliothek.uni-augsburg.de/opus4/95919
ISSN:2077-0383OPAC
Parent Title (English):Journal of Clinical Medicine
Publisher:MDPI
Type:Article
Language:English
Date of first Publication:2022/05/12
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2022/06/08
Tag:aerosol-generating procedures; SARS-CoV-2; perceived risk of infection; vaccination rate
Volume:11
Issue:10
First Page:2751
DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102751
Institutes:Medizinische Fakultät
Medizinische Fakultät / Universitätsklinikum
Medizinische Fakultät / Lehrstuhl für Umweltmedizin
Medizinische Fakultät / Lehrstuhl für Innere Medizin mit Schwerpunkt Gastroenterologie
Medizinische Fakultät / Lehrstuhl für Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenheilkunde
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):CC-BY 4.0: Creative Commons: Namensnennung (mit Print on Demand)