I76% of respondents in favor of the Covid vaccine, but compared to January there are fewer people who have no doubts about it. Above all, the AstraZeneca affair weighs heavily. The more informed are also more helpful, for this reason it is important to have transparency and correct information on the vaccine plan. More than half are in favor of the vaccine passport. This is what emerges from a survey conducted by Other consumption in March (26-30 March 2021) on a sample of 1,002 Italians aged 18-74, distributed as the general population by gender, age, level of education and geographical area.
Altroconsumo asked them for the position on the Covid vaccine, including the opportunity to establish a vaccine passport, which allows those in possession to find the freedom to travel and resume at least some activities. “After the first investigation, carried out in January – explains the association in a note – we wanted to verify the effects on public opinion of the events of recent months, including in particular the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine, linked to the possible presence of rare serious side effects “. The percentage of those who have no qualms and would like to get vaccinated as soon as possible, although high, fell by 8% compared to the January survey, likely effect of concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In fact, if you look at the motivations of those who have doubts or do not intend to get vaccinated, the fear of undesirable effects is in first place (52%), while in the second (33%) the lack of trust in some vaccines. One in four (25%) replied that they do not trust the vaccine development / approval process, while one in five (22%) said they would not be vaccinated anytime soon because they do not belong to any risk category. For 20% behind vaccines there are hidden interests. 14% say they don’t trust vaccines in general.
Younger people are particularly willing to get vaccinated (82% available among the under 35s), presumably for the desire to resume a normal life as soon as possible, especially people over the age of 64, available in 87% of cases. The survey also shows that the more people consider themselves to be informed, the more they declare themselves willing to be vaccinated: 81% of those who think they are well informed, against 67% of those who claim to be little or not at all informed.
The temporary suspension of vaccinations with AstraZeneca has had a negative impact above all on confidence in the safety of this vaccine: 63% of respondents say so. Consistently, 71% say they have even moderate concerns about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while concerns about other vaccines are smaller and less widespread.
However, for 48% the temporary suspension of AstraZeneca also resulted in a lower confidence in the organization of the vaccination campaign in general, for 44% in other vaccinations against Covid, for 42% in the supervision of the EMA on the safety of vaccines and 42% of the government’s ability to safeguard the health of citizens.