Only just over half of Britons have pledged to take a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new study called “deeply concerning”.
People who oppose wearing masks, those who are suspicious of scientists and those who think “we are making too much noise about the pandemic” are most likely to refuse, he notes.
More young people will also reject the jab – 22% of those under 34 saying they definitely will or probably will, compared to just 11% of those aged 55 to 75.
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The author of the study, from King’s College London (KCL), warned that “conspiracy theories and distrust of government, authority and science” could undermine the best chances of winning. Covid-19.
“Misconceptions about vaccines are among our most directly damaging beliefs, and they are clearly influencing people’s intentions during the coronavirus crisis,” said Professor Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute at KCL.
“Vaccines are one of our greatest achievements, and we are confident that we will develop one for Covid-19, but we need even more to be convinced of the importance this could have in ending this crisis.”
Gideon Skinner, research director at Ipsos Mori pollsters, said slightly more Britons appeared ready to accept a Covid-19 vaccine than the seasonal flu vaccine, but said the results were “still deeply concerning.”
Scientists estimate that at least 70 percent of the population will need to be vaccinated to provide “herd immunity” which they believe will bring the country back to normal.
Hopes are growing that a vaccine will be available next year, after trials at the University of Oxford produced an immune response in volunteers, although it is not known how long this will last in the body. .
No less than 26 candidates are in the pipeline, according to the World Health Organization, as a process that normally takes up to 15 years boils down to a few months.
But the KCL study found that only 53% of the UK population are “certain or very likely” to be vaccinated against the virus.
About one in six people (16%) said they would reject it, or probably would, 11% said they didn’t know, while the remaining 20% are only relatively likely to receive a blow.
The findings come after Boris Johnson attacked anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists, describing them as “crazy.”
Among the groups doubtful of getting vaccinated are those who think the government wants people to wear masks to control the public (34%), those who doubt scientific experts (33%) and those who don’t “respect not the rules at all times ”. (24 percent).
Where people’s knowledge comes from is also a factor – 27% of them collecting information on Covid-19 from WhatsApp claiming that it is unlikely or certainly will not get vaccinated.
Only 4% of people said a vaccine would never arrive – but only 44% believe it will be available in a year or less.