One-third of the Greek population, mostly males between 17 and 44 years of age, has still not been vaccinated against Covid-19 and doesn’t intend to, claiming that vaccines are not effective and that they don’t trust vaccination overall, reveals a study released by the Athens Medical Association (ISA).
More specifically, according to the study carried out by research firm Alco, almost 60 percent of those who have not been vaccinated don’t plan to against 27 percent who said they intend to. Out of those who said they will not be vaccinated, 75 percent are not worried that they may catch the virus.
Asked why they don’t want to get the jab, 46 percent said they were against vaccines, 31 percent cited potential side-effects, 15 percent said they believed vaccination was not effective, 5 percent cited health reasons and 3 percent religious reasons.
Non-vaccinated individuals are unlikely to change their minds, the study found, with 44 percent saying “nothing” will affect their decision. A total of 22 prevent said measures and bans may impact their decision, 12 percent said guidance from their doctor, 11 percent said if vaccination becomes mandatory, and 2 percent said they will get the jab if a relative or friend gets sick.
The study also found that 68 percent of those polled said they were concerned about the pandemic and almost half (46 percent) said they feared contracting the deadly virus.
Asked whether vaccination would put an end to the pandemic, 64 percent said they think it will against 18 percent.
With regard to how “safe” vaccines are, 25 prevent said “very safe”, 38 percent felt they were “considerably safe” and 10 percent that they were not safe.
In terms of vaccination reach, 62 percent said they had gotten the jab, while 6 percent had booked an appointment.