More than a quarter of people in the UK could refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, reveals a disturbing survey.
Results will be published today for a leading global vaccine, developed at the University of Oxford, showing whether it is safe and triggers a positive immune response.
But shocking figures show that even though this first step is successful and the treatment has proven to work in the coming months, 14% of people in the UK say they would not be willing to get the shot.
Results will be released today for a world-leading vaccine, developed at the University of Oxford, showing whether it is safe and elicits a positive immune response [File photo]
According to a national survey, 13% of respondents say they do not know if they would refuse a vaccine.
There are concerns that social media is being overwhelmed by scary ‘anti-vaxxer’ myths and stories, which the Daily Mail has campaigned against following a resurgence of measles and mumps.
Millennials are among the most wary, with a coronavirus vaccine most opposed by those aged 25 to 34.
The key to beating the virus is to achieve “herd immunity,” which most experts say means at least 60% of the population has been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “If we get an effective vaccine and almost everyone takes it, overnight all the restrictions can stop and life will return to normal as well. before March, without social distancing or restrictions.
There are concerns that social media is being overwhelmed with scary ‘anti-vaxxer’ myths and stories, which the Daily Mail has campaigned against following a resurgence of measles and mumps [File photo]
“The figures suggesting that many people might refuse a vaccine are depressing and in fact incredibly selfish. As a doctor, I have known the deaths of children who would have survived if they had been vaccinated, and if people do not get vaccinated against the coronavirus, others like their grandparents could die.
“There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet, and the risks of vaccines have been maliciously overestimated. “
Research agency ORB International, which works with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, last week interviewed 2,065 people across the UK.
They were asked if they agreed with the following statement: “I would not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if a high quality vaccine was available”.
About 7 percent of people “strongly agreed” that they would not want to be vaccinated, and 7 percent “agreed”, while 13 percent said they were “undecided”. This means that overall, up to 27% of people could refuse the vaccine.
Among women, 16 percent said they would refuse a vaccine, compared with just 12 percent of men, with retirees the least likely to oppose the vaccination.
Only 9% of people over 65 did not want to be vaccinated, compared to 22% of people aged 25 to 34.
More than 160 research teams are in the global race to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, but the Oxford University vaccine is one that many experts are backing.
The first results of the clinical trials will be announced in the Lancet medical journal today.
Among women, 16 percent said they would refuse a vaccine, compared to only 12 percent of men, with retirees least likely to oppose the vaccination. Only 9% of people over 65 did not want to be vaccinated, compared to 22% of people aged 25 to 34 [File photo]
The vaccine is believed to be safe and to make people’s immune systems fight off the virus.
The UK government has pledged £ 65.5million in funding, which will help ensure the country’s rapid access to the vaccine.
Before it was even proven to work, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca began manufacturing it, with the aim of producing 30 million doses for people in the UK by September.