Covid-19 vaccination: 62% of chronically ill people are afraid of side effects

Many French people with chronic diseases fear the adverse effects of vaccination – and in particular a worsening of their pathology.

On January 14, 2021, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced the opening of vaccination against Covid-19 for “vulnerable patients at very high risk“from January 18, 2021. Are (among others) concerned: the French suffering from cancer, malignant haematological diseases, severe chronic kidney diseases, chronic poly-pathologies with at least two organ failure, rare diseases or still with Down’s syndrome.

Yes, but here it is: according to a recent survey conducted by the Carenity platform (among 1,707 patients with chronic diseases, with an average age of 59 years), only 32% of chronic patients have (to date) been vaccinated against Covid-19.

76% of chronically ill people fear the consequences of vaccination on their pathology

Beyond the lack of doses, 62% of chronically ill people say “to fear“adverse effects linked to vaccines against Covid-19. In detail, although 52% of the patients questioned consider themselves to have priority vis-à-vis the vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, they are also 76% to fear the possible consequences of vaccines on the evolution of their pathology – will vaccines worsen their symptoms? Are vaccines likely to increase the frequency of attacks? Can vaccines interact with their daily treatment?

Despite everything, vaccination remains a hope for 67% of chronic patients who are sure to return to normal life once vaccinated; they are even 65% to be ready to be vaccinated “to be able to travel“and 61% of them are even in favor of the vaccination passport.

For French people suffering from a chronic disease, the coronavirus epidemic (which has now lasted for over a year …) is generating anxiety: 71% of patients feel this way “vulnerable“faced with Covid-19 and 50% have even adopted additional precautions, in addition to barrier gestures.

Source : Carenity press release

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