Publication date: Aug 01, 2023
Background The population’s hesitancy to get the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination may pose a risk to public health worldwide. However, the causes and contributors to vaccine hesitancy in the Saudi people need to be understood. This study aimed to assess the knowledge and attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination among the general population in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Methodology A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online structured questionnaire titled “Knowledge and attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination. ” The questionnaire collected demographic characteristics, knowledge, and attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination among the general population in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The questionnaire was distributed through links on various sites, including Twitter and WhatsApp. Results A total of 544 participants were included in the present study. Overall, 64. 9% were males, and 35. 1% were females. Most of the population had received three doses (83. 6%) of the COVID-19 vaccine. About half of the participants had a university education (56. 8%), 17. 5% of respondents were postgraduates, and 14. 2% had secondary education. Overall, 41. 4% of the population had a low knowledge level, and 58. 5% had a low attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was significantly (p < 0. 05) associated with the population's knowledge and attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination. In addition, the education level substantially affected the knowledge and attitude toward COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, knowledge of COVID-19 vaccination had a significant correlation (p < 0. 05) with the attitude toward the vaccine. Conclusions Despite the high prevalence of the population who received the three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Jeddah city, the study showed insufficient knowledge and attitude among the population toward COVID-19 vaccination. However, fortunately, education plays an essential role in improving the knowledge of COVID-19 vaccination.