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The United States is not the only country in the world to struggle with people who are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
A new Ipsos survey conducted in conjunction with the World Economic Forum has found that residents of seven other countries are more reluctant to receive the vaccine than Americans.
The report surveyed 13,500 adults between 17 December and 20 December in 15 countries including Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Africa, Russia, China and France.
China reports the most vaccination intentions, with 80% of survey respondents admitting they would be vaccinated if present. France is ranked the lowest with only 40% of France reporting that they will receive the vaccine.
France has been criticized for the delay of its vaccination program. As of Friday, just 80,000 French citizens were vaccinated against the coronavirus. Germany’s neighbors have performed hundreds of thousands of vaccinations.
The United States is in the middle with 69% of Americans willing to get the vaccine. With China above the United States, Brazil (78%), Mexico (77%), United Kingdom (77%), Australia (75%), South Korea (75%) and Canada (71%).
These countries ranked lower than the United States and higher than France, including Germany (65%), Italy (62%), Spain (62%), Japan (60%), South Africa (53%) and Russia (43%).
In all countries, between 57% and 80% of those said not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine cited concerns about side effects.
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“This new vaccine has never been, (and) only valid for a few weeks,” said Chris Jackson, Ipsos senior vice president and head of the survey. “We are very concerned if there will be some problems.”
The vaccine’s efficacy is the second leading cause of vaccination in countries such as Russia, where as many as 45% of survey respondents express such suspicions.
Some survey participants who were not vaccinated did not think COVID-19 was a problem; twenty-one percent of those who said they would not be vaccinated in the United States said they were not at risk of the disease, which Jackson said it could be due to the political climate.
“We see a lot of people who are not getting the COVID vaccine because they don’t think COVID is a huge risk,” says something more political. “
Health officials say most people with allergies should be safely given the COVID-19 vaccine (Jan. 12).
Americans’ willingness to vaccinate as a whole has increased. Since October, the percentage of people who strongly or fairly agree with vaccination has increased by 5 points.The proportion of strongly or fairly agree has increased by nine points.
However, Jackson was quick to point out that this could change in the future.
“When you take a step back, the attitude about vaccines and COVID is still very volatile,” he said. “Nothing is carved in stone.”
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