27% of Romanians in urban areas do not agree to be vaccinated now, but in the longer term, 85% would be vaccinated against COVID-19. The main concerns are the effectiveness of the vaccine against future mutations in the virus, immediate side effects and the state’s ability to immunize the population.
Only 46% of Romanians in urban areas are willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while about a quarter (27%) say they have not yet made a decision on vaccination.
On the other hand, 27% say they do not agree to be vaccinated at present. However, in the longer term, 85% of Romanians in urban areas would be vaccinated against COVID-19, even if a large part would like to wait a while longer to be convinced that the vaccine is effective or safe, shows the most recent study iSense Solutions, conducted between 4-7 January 2021, representative of the urban environment.
Thus, 40% state that they would be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine was available, while almost 2 out of 10 Romanians (18%) intend to be vaccinated only after the vaccine has been administered to a large enough number of people to ensure that there are no short-term side effects.
Another important segment (26%) also said they would wait at least a year to see the medium and long-term effects of the vaccine.
Only 15% refuse to get vaccinated.
Although a large part of the population is aware of the long-term effects of the vaccine, the main concerns related to vaccination against COVID-19 are the effectiveness of the vaccine on future mutations in the virus (80%), immediate side effects (76%) and the capacity of the state. to immunize the population in a timely manner (76%).
However, as the intention to vaccinate shows, the population is confident in the new vaccines and the majority of respondents (82%) believe that the vaccine will hasten the end of the epidemic and accept that the vaccine could be developed so quickly using state-of-the-art technologies ( 84%).
Of the vaccines on the market at the moment, the most acceptable is the vaccine produced by Pfizer. In fact, all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca) have an acceptability of over 70%.
“After nine months of pandemic, the population of Romania finally sees the light at the end of the tunnel. Most Romanians trust the new vaccines against COVID-19 and hope that they will end this epidemic. With the exception of a fairly small number of people who do not want or cannot get vaccinated, most people have confidence in modern science and will be receptive to the vaccination campaign. The main task of the authorities will not be to convince people to get vaccinated, but rather to rebuild the trust eroded during these months by impeccably organizing the vaccination campaign and a more transparent communication “, says Andrei Elvădeanu, Head of Market Strategy, iSense Solutions.
The data presented are part of the weekly omnibus study, representative of the urban environment, with 500 online interviews each week, degree of error +/- 4.38%, at a confidence level of 95%.
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