The uptake of COVID-19 vaccines is critical to address the severe consequences of the disease. Previous studies have suggested that many healthcare workers (HCWs) are hesitant to re-ceive the COVID-19 vaccine, further enhancing hesitancy rates within countries. COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy levels are currently unknown among HCWs in Zambia, which is a concern given the burden of infectious diseases in the country. Consequently, this study assessed COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy among HCWs in Lusaka, Zambia. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 240 HCWs between August and September 2022 using a semi-structured ques-tionnaire. Multivariable analysis was used to determine key factors associated with vaccine hesi-tancy among HCWs. Of the 240 HCWs who participated, 54.2% were females. 72.1% of HCWs would accept to be vaccinated while 27.9% were hesitant. 93.3% of HCWs had positive attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines, with medical doctors having the highest mean attitude score (82%). Encourag-ingly, HCWs with positive attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines had reduced odds of being hesitant (AOR=0.02, 95% CI: 0.01-0.11, p


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Mudenda, S., Daka, V., Matafwali, S., Skosana, P., Chabalenge, B., Mukosha, M., Fadare, J., Mfune, R., Witika, B., Alumeta, M., Mufwambi, W., Godman, B., Meyer, J. & Bwalya, A. 2023, 'COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy among healthcare workers in Lusaka, Zambia; findings and implications for the future', Vaccines, 11(8), article no: 1350. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11081350

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