Survey: Vaccination readiness against Covid-19 increases in Austria

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A recent Gallup Institute survey shows that more than half of the Austrian population, 56 percent, wants to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if the vaccine is safe and effective. About two weeks ago, the percentage of people willing to be vaccinated was still 46 percent. The highest approval is among the over-50s (64 percent), men (65 percent) and people with higher educational qualifications
(66 percent).

Those who refused a vaccination said 87 percent were afraid of side effects, while 70 percent thought that vaccines only serve the pharmaceutical companies to make money. 69 percent doubt the effectiveness of a Covid-19 vaccine, 56 percent doubt the effectiveness of vaccinations in general. 49 percent assume that the virus will disappear by itself. Negative reporting in the media is cited by 32 percent of vaccination opponents and skeptics as the reason for the lack of willingness to vaccinate. 34 per cent listen to recommendations of alternative medicine, 19 per cent are influenced by their own social environment in the sense of rejecting the vaccination.

As far as the distribution of a vaccine is concerned, 68% agree with a preferred vaccination of certain population groups. “Austrians show solidarity with those who are exposed to a particular risk: health care and elderly care workers, older citizens and those with pre-existing conditions,” summarizes Gallup Institute Director Andrea Fronaschütz.

  • hp with reports from derstandard.at. picture:surveymonkey.de
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