Survey shows: around 45 percent want to be vaccinated against Covid-19

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An online survey showed that about 45 percent of respondents will get vaccinated against Covid-19. About 42 percent do not expect to return to normal until 2022.

About 45 percent of respondents in an online survey will get vaccinated against Covid-19 either on their own initiative or for professional reasons. The survey, conducted over the past three weeks by psychologists at the University of Salzburg, involved 3,606 people across Austria, study initiator Manuel Schabus told APA. About 42 percent do not expect a return to normality until 2022.

“Expression of a certain lack of perspective” located
This evaluates the scientist of the center for cognitive neurosciences of the University of Salzburg as “expression of a certain lack of perspective in the population”, as it is called in the transmitted evaluation. However, almost the same percentage of respondents believe in normality until this summer.

The aim of the study was “to obtain a representative overview of the assessment of the current situation of the Corona pandemic by the Austrian general population,” according to the online survey, which was directed at all those currently living in Austria over the age of 18.

30 percent still undecided and waiting on the subject of vaccination
According to the survey, 30 percent of respondents are still undecided and wait-and-see about vaccination, a topic that has become a classic irritant for many during the course of the pandemic, and slightly more than a quarter rule out getting vaccinated at all. The approval rates are somewhat higher among the over-60s and over-70s. Here, more than half would certainly get vaccinated. However one counted in the on-line inquiry in the age group 70-plus still less than 100 participants, limited Schabus the meaningfulness in this group.

Still, more than 60 percent feel “very limited” by the measures, and another nearly 29 percent feel “somewhat limited.” According to the survey, skepticism about the measures as a whole should not be underestimated: More than 80 percent have already voiced criticism of the measures in their private lives on several occasions or on a regular basis. Nearly 27 percent of those surveyed publicly oppose the measures several times or even regularly, for example at demonstrations or in forums. Almost 40 percent felt “moments of anger or unease” in recent weeks because they had the feeling that the topic of “Corona” was not being reported objectively in public.

Concern about the threat of a pandemic is limited
At the same time, concern about the threat posed by the pandemic is somewhat contained among study participants. Fourteen percent feel “very threatened.” Slightly under 30 percent see themselves “somewhat threatened.” Even among upper semesters, who are in the extended Covid 19 risk group at age 60 and older, 61 percent feel “not threatened” or “not very threatened,” Schabus highlighted.

Most feared by survey participants are illness of a close relative, economic harm to self, restrictions on freedom of expression and basic rights, long-term physical harm, even becoming ill with severe symptoms, and psychological harm in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic. The latter fear is even more pronounced among younger respondents. Among the burdens, social restrictions – i.e. not being able to meet friends and relatives – rank high. Parents’ “homeschooling” is seen as similarly burdensome. The burden of negative economic consequences for the respondents was also among those selection options that were frequently perceived as “very burdensome.”

  • source: vienna.at and APA/picture: pixabay.com
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