Half of them (52 per cent) who said they would definitely not get a COVID-19 vaccine when asked back in November/December 2020 have now done so, indicating that many have since started the UK vaccine rollout. People’s hesitation has disappeared, according to a new study.
When asked last year, those who said they were unlikely to accept much or no vaccine at all, an even greater proportion – 84 percent – have since been vaccinated.
The research, by King’s College London and the University of Bristol, is based on a survey of 4,896 UK adults aged 18 to 75, conducted between 1 and 16 April. This follows a study in November/December 2020 and tracks 1,879 similar individuals to see how and why their views have changed.
The analysis shows that, overall, 94 percent of those invited for the vaccine have taken the offer—but despite this, complacency needs to be avoided, as vaccine intentions and beliefs still differ between different groups, A higher level of coverage is needed to stay on track for further easing of a potentially very vulnerable lockdown and further exposing some communities.
How people changed their mind after getting vaccinated
There has been a significant change in intention to vaccinate even among those who have not yet been offered a COVID vaccine: many who were previously skeptical about doing so now indicate they are very likely Have or definitely will.
Of those who said in November/December 2020 that they are likely to get a lot or not at all once the vaccine becomes available, 52 percent say they are now certain or very likely to do so—although they Only 15 percent of those who were already certain they would not get the vaccine have changed their mind.
Changing Vaccine Intentions, Beliefs and Anti-Vax Messages
Among the various ethnic and religious groups surveyed, there has been a large increase in COVID vaccine confidence since last year – although some groups are more confident than others:
- Thirty-six percent of ethnic minorities said they were certain or very likely to be vaccinated when asked in November/December 2020—compared with 72 percent of this group who now say they have a similarly high probability or already Vaccination has already been done. Among white people, this proportion has increased from 56 percent to 87 percent.
- And 67 percent of Muslims now express their belief in such a vaccine – up from 23 percent last year. But it is still significantly lower than Anglicans, for example, 94 percent of whom say they are certain or likely to receive a COVID vaccine or already have one. However, further analysis suggests that it is not religious practice that is driving the intentions of these different vaccines.
The Muslim community stands for certain beliefs about COVID vaccines:
- Muslims (19 percent) are four times more likely than the total population (five percent) that vaccines contain pork products.
- Twenty-nine percent believe that those who have the coronavirus vaccine may find it difficult to have children in the future – compared to seven percent of the total population who believe this claim.
- Forty-one percent think it’s true that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots—nearly double the 23 percent of the general public who believe it.
Misinformation is still a problem: 43 percent of the public now say they’ve seen or heard messages encouraging people not to take the COVID vaccine since the start of the pandemic—up from 35 percent in November/December 2020. This increase is reflected in almost all ethnic and religious groups surveyed.
Trust is key to increasing vaccine take-up
Some groups trust the NHS less than others, and some trust religious leaders more when it comes to COVID and the response.
Thirty-six percent of ethnic minority groups say they have a great deal of trust in the NHS – compared to 55 percent of white people who say the same. However, 84 percent of ethnic minorities still say they have at least a fair amount of faith in healthcare.
Of all the religious groups surveyed, Anglicans have the most faith in the NHS – 61 per cent rely heavily on it, while 39 per cent Muslims rely on it to such an extent.
Based on their past experience with NHS care, ethnic minorities (66 per cent) are less likely to trust their caregivers than white people (78 per cent).
Similarly, across religions, Muslims are least likely to trust their caregivers in healthcare. Seventy-one percent agree that they trust them, but only 20 percent strongly agree that it is. This is compared to the 41 percent of Anglicans who feel strongly that way.
Muslims also place the greatest amount of trust in their faith leaders, with 56 per cent trusting them to a great or reasonable amount on issues related to COVID and how we should respond to it. They are followed by Catholics, 42 percent of whom trust their religious leaders to this extent, while only 30 percent of Anglicans do.
Dr. Siobhan McAndrew, Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences at the University of Bristol, said: “The high rates of acceptance of an invitation to the vaccine are extremely encouraging. There is a strong convergence over time in vaccine belief among members of different ethnic and religious groups. Provides proof of pro-vaccine criteria.
“There is clearly a large difference in vaccination intent between religious groups, especially with Muslims standing out—but when we control for characteristics associated with religion, such as ethnicity, immigration status, social class, and age. , then these differences are greatly reduced, suggesting that it is not religious belief in itself that is the driver. Yet, there is a difference between religious peers of religiously active people, faith community leaders and the diverse workforce of the NHS. The association serves as a valuable communication resource. Messages customized through these channels will meet the needs of the specific community, reassure vigilantes and support vaccine confidence.”
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