With yesterday’s announcement of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine becoming available in the UK, myGP– the UK’s largest NHS-accredited independent healthcare management app, has asked 2,000 UK adults if, knowing that a vaccine is now approved, they are planning to have it. Of the 31 percent who said no – up nine percent since July 2020 – the five main objections today are:
The study reveals that public confidence in the Covid-19 vaccine has fallen by 9 percent since the summer when it was hypothetical, but now it’s a reality, consumers fear about its speed to market.
Dr William Budd, Clinical Research Physician at Imperial College comments on the concerns that are stopping people in the UK from wanting the vaccine:
“It is more than understandable that the public are questioning a vaccine, which, to anyone outside of the ‘science set’, will appear to be rushed to market and untrustworthy. Trust in science is required, and knowledge is power – and myGP’s study revealing that 31 percent of people in the UK are refusing the vaccine confirms that we need to give the general public more, clearer information.
“The main five health-related reasons individuals have given for not wanting the vaccine, are: the speed at which the vaccine has reached the market, potential side effects, concerns around why pregnant women and under 18s won’t be eligible, trust in terms of the testing programmes, and ingredients, and the common belief that a 99 percent survival rate makes the vaccine unnecessary. There is a simple explanation for each concern, and the Government must prioritise the communication of these explanations as a matter of urgency, in the interest of public health.”