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Ebola epidemic in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018: Acceptability and patient satisfaction of the recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus – Zaire Ebolavirus Vaccine
- Kasereka, Masumbuko Claude, Sawatzky, Julia, Hawkes, Michael T.
- Vaccine 2019 v.37 no.16 pp. 2174-2178
- Vesiculovirus, Zaire Ebola virus, adverse effects, attitudes and opinions, patients, questionnaires, surveys, vaccination, vaccines, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- The current Ebola outbreak in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the second largest in history and the first in which the recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus – Zaire Ebolavirus (rVSV-ZEBOV) vaccine has been used at scale. We assessed side-effects, satisfaction, and attitudes toward the new vaccine.Cross-sectional survey questionnaire from a convenience sample of 90 vaccine recipients and 96 community controls in Eastern DRC.Side-effects were reported in 75/90 (83%) vaccine recipients but only 5 (7%) and 4 (5%) reported arthralgia and rash, respectively. 76/90 (84%) vaccinees were classified as “promoters” (would recommend vaccine to others) and 6/90 (7%) as “detractors.” 69/96 (72%) of unvaccinated community controls would wish to be vaccinated if supply were available. 153/186 (82%) would accept vaccination for family members.The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine was well tolerated, with high acceptability in the community during the current outbreak in the DRC.