The most common reasons for not receiving a booster if offered are concerns about the side effects of vaccine safety, feeling that another vaccine is unnecessary, or because residents are sceptical about the efficacy of the vaccine
A higher proportion of residents from ethnic minorities feel covid is not that dangerous or are sceptical about the vaccine’s efficacy than those from white ethnic groups
What would stop you from having a COVID-19 vaccination or booster vaccination?
Weighted base: Unlikely to have a booster vaccination if offered: 426
This table shows the most common themes around what would stop residents from having a COVID-19 vaccination or booster:
27% give side effects/ vaccine safety as a reason
22% feel they are unnecessary (e.g. COVID isn’t ‘that dangerous’ / ‘have already had 1-3 jabs’)
11% are skeptical about the vaccine’s efficacy (e.g. not enough evidence, still had COVID despite being vaccinated)
7% feel it is a personal choice
5% feel distrust/ anger towards the government or big pharmaceutical companies
3% are not eligible (age/ already had the booster)
2% give practical reasons (i.e. no appointments available, physically unable to get to doctors)
1% have a needle phobia
3% give other reasons
Responses (showing key themes)
Side effects/vaccine safety
Unnecessary e.g. ‘COVID not that dangerous’, ‘have already had 1-3 jabs’
Skeptical about efficacy e.g. not enough evidence, still had covid despite being vaccinated
Distrust/anger at government or big pharma companies
Not eligible – age / already had the booster
Practical reasons e.g. no appointments available, physically unable to get to doctors
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