Sana Shafique, Ambreen Shafqat, Roohi Saghir
Introduction: Hepatitis B virus causes mortality and morbidity worldwide. HBV prevalence in Pakistan is 2.5% and medical students represent a population that is high risk group for acquiring and spreading hepatitis B virus infection. Despite effective vaccine availability; vaccinated coverage is not satisfactory due to lack of obligatory vaccination program. Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire-based study conducted among N=189 (94.5%) (Males=n 84, 44.44% and Females= n 105 ,55.55%). Questionnaire contains Three parts. The sociodemographic, hepatitis B immunization status and reasons of not getting vaccinated. Result: Response rate of the study is 94.5% n= 189, The number of completely vaccinated medical students were n 78, 41.26% partially vaccinated n=40, 21.1% and unvaccinated are n=71, 37.5% respectively. The reason behind being unvaccinated are lack of motivation n=75, 40%; some don’t see need n=62, 33%; no knowledge about where to get n=21, 11%; 3%, n=6 think its costly and 13%, n=25 didn’t mark the reason. Conclusion: low rate of vaccine coverage despite authority guidelines calls for policy amendments. Vaccine supply and mandatory implementation of vaccine has to be taken into consideration to prevent occupational exposure among medical institution in Pakistan. Keywords: Hepatitis B virus, Medical Students, Vaccine Coverage.