53% of Indians express concern about taking COVID vaccine: survey (Ld)

New Delhi, December 17 (IANS) As the central government prepared for the vaccination campaign, more than 50 percent of India’s population expressed caution about taking the coronavirus vaccine, according to a poll revealed Thursday.

The investigation matters at a time when questions are raised about the safety and efficacy of vaccines being developed at a phenomenal rate as the world struggles to find a silver bullet to end its pandemic woes.

The survey was conducted with around 11,000 respondents to understand the openness to take the vaccine, the perception of government measures to combat Covid-19, possible future measures including a blockade.

About 53% of the population is unsure about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the GOQii survey says.

Of these, 43% revealed that they are unsafe and will only make a solid opinion after the first results on vaccine efficacy are revealed, while 10% are adamant about taking the vaccine as of now.

On an optimistic note, 47% of respondents said they are willing to take the vaccine and wait for it. Women are more cautious than men with 48% of the male population willing to get vaccinated while female availability is around 42%.

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With age, willingness to take the vaccine decreases. Seniors (45-60) and seniors (60+) are not as ready as the younger age groups. This could be due to concerns about complications after taking.

Up to eight Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in different stages of clinical trials that may be ready for authorization in the near future, including three indigenous vaccines.

It includes Astrazeneca and the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India produced Covishield, Covaxin of Bharat Biotech Limited, ZyCoV-D of Zydus Cadila, Russian vaccine candidate Sputnik-V, NVX-CoV2373 of SII, HGCO19 of Geneva and two Unlabeled Vaccines – Biological E Limited’s Recombinant Protein Antigen Vaccine and Bharat Biotech’s Inactivated Rabies Vector Platform.

According to the survey, 50% of respondents believe central government initiatives have been effective in curbing the spread of COVID-19, while 25% of people believe state government initiatives have been effective. Only 22% of citizens recognize local government efforts in terms of effectiveness.

In particular, 66% of the population surveyed believe that the current method or slow opening is the way forward, while 34% believe that a complete block should be introduced again.

About 25% have a positive opinion on the current partial blockade and think it should continue in a similar way.

While 31% want things to return to normal, but only gradually, the restriction will be loosened with a lot of caution and monitoring the numbers. 10% of people said that there should be no restrictions and that things should get back to normal.

-IANI

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