Nearly 70% of Indians unwilling to take the Covid-19 vaccine, a study finds

Provided by: Express News Service | Pune |

Updated: December 18, 2020 15:36:24

A Covid-19 vaccine could be available in India early next year. (Getty Images / File)

At least 69% of Indians are reluctant to get a vaccine against the new coronavirus, a study conducted this month by LocalCircles found. This number has increased since October, when 61% said they were reluctant to shoot.

LocalCircles, a community social media platform, surveyed over 18,000 people from 242 districts across the country. Of the respondents, 66% were men and 34% were women. The first study was conducted between October 15 and 20, while the second was conducted between December 10 and 15.

Sachin Taparia, the founder of LocalCircles, said the main reasons for hesitation were limited information on side effects, levels of efficacy, and the growing belief that one would not get infected with the disease due to the high levels of immunity.

The average daily workload around Diwali from mid-November to mid-December dropped from 50,000 cases to 25,000. This is also a reason to explain the reluctance, Taparia said.

Taparia has suggested government measures to curb fake vaccine news. “Governments must keep citizens updated at every stage on the results of vaccine trials, both on successes and on adverse events. With high social media penetration, the risk of false information going viral is high, “Taparia said, adding that authentic and timely information could play a role in converting people into” vaccine samples. “

In a separate independent survey of health workers, 45% said they were willing to take the vaccine as soon as it was made available, while 55% were workers who would have postponed vaccination or had not yet decided what to do.

The study, coordinated by Dr. Abdul Ghafur to understand the attitude of health workers towards Covid vaccination, received 1,424 responses. “The findings reveal significant concerns and suggest potential solutions,” said Dr. Ghafur.

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