Study notes worldwide uptick of vaccine confidence, demand

Study notes worldwide uptick of vaccine confidence, demand

March 13, 2021 0 By The Sun Monitor
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A new World Economic Forum/Ipsos study found notable increases in COVID-19 vaccination intent with a majority wanting to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Some 13,500 adults under the age of 75 participated in the survey between 25-28 February 2021, on Ipsos’ Global Advisor online platform. The previous study was conducted between 17-20 December 2020.

“The trends are good, but new variants are more contagious and with vaccination intention rates as they are currently reflected in the study, we would not reach herd immunity,” said Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Health and Healthcare at the World Economic Forum.

He said that experts have suggested the vaccination of 70 percent to 85 percent of the population to achieve herd immunity.

“Communication and education efforts are more critical than ever. We are on track, but should not relax our efforts.”

Adults who strongly or somewhat agree they would get a vaccine against COVID-19 make up a majority in all but one of the 15 countries surveyed.

Confidence by country

Confidence by country:

  • Very high in Brazil (89%), Italy (85%), China (82%), Spain (82%), Mexico (80%), and South Korea (80%);
  • Fairly high in Canada (79%), Australia (78%), Japan (74%), and Germany (74%);
  • In the middle for the United States (65%), South Africa (65%), and France (59%); and,
  • Low in Russia (42%).

The percentage of “strongly agree” response has increased in every one of the 15 countries since December.

Since then, within this “strongly agree” category, eight of the 15 countries saw an uptick in vaccine intent of more than 20 percentage points:

  • Italy up 36 percentage points to 62% who strongly agree
  • Spain up 31 points to 57%
  • K. up 24 to 70%
  • Brazil up 24 to 76%
  • France up 23 to 35%
  • Mexico up 22 to 64%
  • Canada up 21 to 60%
  • Germany 21 to 51%

The countries showing the smallest gains are Russia (+2 to 16%) and the United States (+3 to 41%).

How soon would you be vaccinated?

In the study, 11 of the 15 countries plan to get the vaccine immediately or within one month once it is available to them:

  • Over 80% in Brazil and the U.K (both 85%);
  • Over 70% in Mexico (78%), Spain (73%), Germany, and Italy (72%);
  • At least 60% in Canada (69%), France (67%), the U.S. (67%), and South Africa (64%);
  • Over 50% in Australia (58%); but
  • Fewer than half in Japan (49%), China (43%), Russia (35%), and South Korea (31%)
The Study

Ipsos conducted the survey on February 25-28, 2021, among adults 18-74 years of age in Canada, South Africa, and the United States, and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom. (WEF)

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