Majority of Austrians would be willing to be vaccinated

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About 54 percent of the Austrians would be vaccinated against COVID-19, should there be a vaccine. This is the result of a representative online survey conducted by GfK among 1,005 participants between the end of September and the beginning of October. Almost half of the respondents stated that they had been psychologically stressed by the initial restrictions. However, this situation had improved after the end of the lockdown, the results were presented.

“2020 is a very challenging year. None of us would have known in January how the following ten months would develop,” said Doris Wendler, CEO of Wiener Städtische Versicherung, during an online press conference on Tuesday. For 43 percent, the coronavirus and the political measures taken as a result represented a very strong or heavy burden. For two thirds, however, the psychological stress had decreased again after the end of the first lockdown.

Fear for health
At the time of the survey commissioned by Wiener Städtische, three out of four respondents felt healthy or very healthy. Just as many stated that they themselves or a family member belonged to the so-called risk group. “The fear of a pandemic and the fear for one’s own health are at the top of the list of concerns,” emphasized study author Ursula Swoboda of the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK).

This is also reflected in the willingness to be vaccinated, with 54 percent stating that they wanted to be vaccinated against the corona virus. More than a third (37 percent) would even like to do so in the first month after a vaccine becomes available.

In order to stay as healthy as possible away from vaccinations and to prevent diseases, there are control and preventive medical checkups. Around 40 percent said they had cancelled such a doctor’s appointment during the first lockdown in spring.

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