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Majority want to prioritize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines before boosters, survey finds

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  • Health experts say at least 60 percent of world’s population needs to be vaccinated by 2022 to get the current pandemic under control – but 0.4 percent of doses administered in low-income countries
  • Majority would receive a booster shot, but think priority goes to people yet to have a full dose

GENEVA, Switzerland

A new survey found a majority of fully vaccinated adults would get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot if offered, but think priority should be given to people who have not had a first dose.

The latest World Economic Forum/Ipsos survey was conducted at the end of August in 13 countries and included 9,521 adults under the age of 75, of whom nearly 6,000 had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The World Health Organization has called for a pause on COVID-19 vaccine booster to narrow the gap in vaccinations between countries.

Genya Dana, head of Health & Healthcare at the World Economic Forum said: “It is vital we work to close the gap between those with access to vaccines and those without.”

“COVID-19 highlighted how vaccination is by far the most effective public health intervention to protect populations from disease and it is crucial that robust vaccination infrastructure is deployed in every country on earth.”

“At least 60 percent of world’s population needs to be vaccinated by 2022 to get the current pandemic under control – but the issue of equity and access must be front and center of this effort,” she said.

Only 0.4 percent of current doses administered in low-income countries, she revealed, adding that “this crisis will keep multiplying. We need to redouble our efforts to get vaccines to everyone who hasn’t had one yet.”

Boosters likely needed

The survey shows a widespread belief that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be needed at least annually to maintain protection against the disease. The expectation was highest in Mexico, Brazil and the United Kingdom, but lowest in Russia.

The survey also showed that a majority of adults who have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine would get a booster shot if they were offered.

Intent to get a booster shot was highest in Brazil (96 percent), Mexico (93 percent) and China (90 percent) and lowest in Russia (62 percent) and Italy (66 percent).

Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform conducted the survey on August 26-30, 2021, among adults 18-74 years of age in Canada and the United States, and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China (mainland), France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. (PR)

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