Does India want the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s what a survey reveals

Provided by: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

18 December 2020 13:20:30





Do you have any concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine? You’re not alone (Source: Getty / Thinkstock)

Around the world, the only topic that is widely discussed is that of the COVID-19 vaccine. People who want to get back to their normal routine – from the pre-pandemic period – are waiting for some kind of relief, so they can freely go out again, interact with others and not worry about contracting the virus. But, according to a recent GOQii COVID-19 – The way forward while the Indian government is preparing for the vaccination campaign, more than 50% of the Indian population express caution towards taking the vaccine.

The survey was conducted with approximately 11,000 respondents to understand openness to taking the vaccine, the perception of government measures to combat COVID-19, and possible future measures, including a lockdown.

GOQii – preventive healthcare enabled by smart technology – analyzed the public’s enthusiasm for taking the vaccine as it delved into levels of interest by age and gender. Interestingly, 43% of them are not sure and will only make a solid opinion after the first results on the effectiveness of the vaccine, 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.

The survey also notes that women are more cautious than men, with 48% of the male population willing to be vaccinated, while female availability is 42%. Even with age, willingness to take the vaccine decreases. Seniors (45-60) and seniors (60+) are not as disposed as the younger age groups. This may be due to concerns about complications after taking.

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

It would be interesting to note that 66% of respondents believe the current slow opening method is the way forward, while 34% believe a full lock should be reintroduced. Furthermore, 25% have a positive opinion on the current partial blockade and think it should continue, while 31% want things to return to normal gradually, where restrictions will be loosened with caution and monitoring the numbers. Only 10% said there should be no restrictions and things should return to normal.

“The World Health Organization is cautiously optimistic that safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 will soon be successfully developed. There are different types of initiatives that the government is working on, at the central, state and local levels. At GOQii, we commend the efforts various organizations have made to help the world overcome these difficult times. Although public opinion may vary, the important thing to note is that preventive health care is the only way forward, as increasing immunity and staying healthy is the best and only viable option in in the midst of a feared pandemic, ”said Vishal Gondal, founder and CEO of GOQii.

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