Half (52 percent) of those who said they would definitely not get a vaccine against COVID-19 when asked in November / December 2020 have now done so, indicating that the hesitation of many people has disappeared since vaccine deployment began in the UK, according to a new document. to study.
Among the people who said they were not very or not at all likely to accept one vaccine when asked last year, an even larger share (84%) has been vaccinated since then.
The research, conducted by King’s College London and the University of Bristol, is based on a survey of 4,896 adults in the UK aged 18 to 75 conducted between 1 and 16 April. It follows a study in November / December 2020 and tracks 1,879 of the same individuals to see how their opinions have changed and why.
The analysis reveals that, overall, 94 percent of people who have been invited to be vaccinated have accepted the offer, but nonetheless, complacency should be avoided, as the vaccine’s intentions and beliefs they still vary between different groups, which can undermine the high levels of coverage needed to stay on track to facilitate blockade and leave some communities more exposed.
How people changed their minds when they were vaccinated
Among those who have not yet been offered a vaccine against COVID, there has also been a significant change in the intention to get vaccinated: many people who were once skeptical about doing so now indicate that they are very likely to do so. or definitely.
Of those who said in November / December 2020 that they were unlikely or unable to receive a vaccine once it was available, 52% said they are now safe or likely to do so, even though only 15% of those previously defined who would not get the vaccine have changed their minds in this way.
Various vaccine intentions, beliefs and anti-vaccine messages
Through different ethnicities and religious groups respondents, there have been large increases in confidence in the COVID vaccine since last year, although some groups are safer than others:
- Thirty-six percent of ethnic minority people said they were safe or very likely to be vaccinated when asked in November / December 2020, compared to 72 percent of that group, who she now says she has the same high probability or has already been vaccinated. Between white people, the proportion that says the same has gone from 56% to 87%.
- And 67 percent of Muslims express that confidence in the vaccine, 23% more than last year. But this is still considerably lower than Anglicans, for example, 94% of whom say they are safe or very likely to receive a vaccine against COVID or have already had one. However, further analysis suggests that it is not religious practice the very driver of these different vaccine intentions.
The Muslim community stands out for certain beliefs about vaccines against VOCID:
- Muslims (19%) are four times more likely than the public (five percent) to think that vaccines contain pork products.
- 29% believe that people who have had the coronavirus vaccine may have more difficulty having children in the future, compared to the seven percent of the population who believe this claim.
- 41% believe it is true that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots, almost double the 23% of the general public who believe it.
Misinformation is also still a problem: 43% of citizens now say they have seen or heard messages encouraging people not to receive a vaccine against COVID since the start of the pandemic, compared to 35% in November / December 2020. This increase is reflected in almost all ethnic and religious groups surveyed.
Confidence is key to increasing vaccine adoption
Thirty-six percent of people ethnic minority groups say they trust the NHS a lot, compared to 55% of white people who say the same. However, 84% of ethnic minorities still say they trust at least a good trust in the health service.
Of all the religious groups surveyed, Anglicans have more confidence in the NHS: 61% trust it highly, compared to 39% of Muslims who trust it to such an extent.
According to their past experience in NHS care, ethnic minorities (66 per cent) are less likely than white people (78 per cent) to trust those who care for them.
Similarly, across different religions, Muslims are less likely to rely on health services than those who care for them. Seventy-one percent agree to trust them, but only 20 percent fully agree that it is. This compares to 41% of Anglicans who feel this way.
Muslims also have more confidence in their religious leaders, with 56% trust in them a lot or in matters related to COVID and how we should respond to them. They are followed by Catholics, 42% of whom trust their religious leaders to this extent, while only 30% of Anglicans do the same.
Dr Siobhan McAndrew, Professor of Quantitative Social Sciences at the University of Bristol, said: “The high rates of acceptance of the invitation to take a vaccine are extremely encouraging. The convergence over time in vaccine confidence between members of different ethnic and religious groups provide evidence of a strong pro-vaccine norm.
“There is a seemingly big difference in the intention to get vaccinated between religious groups, especially Muslims, but when we control the characteristics associated with religion, such as ethnicity, immigration status, social class and age, these differences are greatly reduced, suggesting that it is not religious belief itself that is the engine.However, the connections that active religious people have with fellow religious, community leaders of faith, and with the NHS ‘s diverse workforce they serve as a valuable communications resource, specific needs of the community, reassuring the prudent and supporting vaccine confidence. ”
COVID-19: vaccine adoption and confidence. www.kcl.ac.uk/policy-institute … ake-up-and-trust.pdf
University of Bristol
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