Some 51% of Ukrainians are ready, without hesitation, to refuse vaccination against COVID-19, and in a month this level has grown by 7%, according to the data of a sociological survey conducted by the Ukrainian Institute of the Future (UIF), presented at the Interfax-Ukraine information agency on Monday.
Some 19% of Ukrainians preferred to postpone the issue of vaccination for a while, 15% are ready to be vaccinated, but taking into account the country of its production, 10% agree to be vaccinated, no matter what, and 5% are ready to be vaccinated only on condition of a free procedure.
The survey was conducted from March 3 to March 13, 2021 among 2,400 respondents aged 18 and over throughout Ukraine (excluding the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) by the “face-to-face” method using a structured interactive questionnaire. The statistical error does not exceed 2.05%.
More than 50% of Ukrainians do not intend to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to results of a study conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center from March 5 to 9.
According to the results of the poll, 51.5% of respondents answered that they do not intend to get vaccinated against coronavirus, 12% intend to get vaccine in the near future (or have already received such a vaccine), 16% intend to do it, but later, 10% intend to do it only when it will be necessary for formal requirements (for example, for a trip abroad), 10% have not decided yet.
At the same time, according to the research, the older the respondents, the more often they express a lack of desire to be vaccinated (their share increases from 43.5% among those who are from 18 to 29 years old, to 57% among those who are 60 and over).
Among those who do not give up their intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19, 52% are ready to be vaccinated only in case that vaccination is free, 22.5% of them are willing to pay for it, and another 5% are willing to pay to get vaccinated out of turn (21% were undecided).
The older the respondents, the more often they answer that they are ready to be vaccinated only free of charge (the proportion of such increases from 42% among those who are 18 to 29 years old, to 64% among those who are 60 and over).
Those respondents who do not intend to be vaccinated are most often motivated by the fact that, in their opinion, the vaccines used in Ukraine are not sufficiently effective or safe, but they are ready to be vaccinated with “some other” vaccine (this answer is given by 45% of those who do not intend to vaccinate).
So, 27% of them motivate their refusal by the fact that, in their opinion, the risks from vaccination exceed the risks from the disease itself, 10% by the fact that they have already had coronavirus, 7% have medical contraindications, 3% believe that the probability that that they will get COVID-19, is very low.
Justification of refusal to vaccinate with insufficient effectiveness or insufficient safety of vaccines used in Ukraine is most common among representatives of the younger age group (18-29 years old) (54% of those, who do not intend to vaccinate against COVID-19, motivate their refusal by this).
The survey was conducted by the method of face-to-face interviews at the place of residence of the respondents. 2,018 respondents aged 18 and over were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, with the exception of Crimea and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to a sample representing the adult population in terms of basic socio-demographic indicators.
The theoretical sampling error (excluding the design effect) does not exceed 2.3% with a probability of 0.95.
All family doctors will be vaccinated against COVID-19 through vaccination rooms, which will open from next week, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said.
“Next week we will open vaccination rooms. All family doctors will be vaccinated against COVID-19 through these rooms,” he said on the Freedom of Speech (Svoboda Slova) program on ICTV on Tuesday night.
According to the national vaccination plan, at least nine mobile vaccination teams per region should work now, but these plans are not being implemented in the field, Stepanov said.
“Local authorities were supposed to reach not 10,000, but more than 12,000-14,000 vaccinations per day. The mobile team did not come here, they did not vaccinate there – this is how they deploy in the field,” he said.
Nevertheless, Stepanov said that in the coming days the rate of vaccination will accelerate and will reach more than 10,000 vaccinations per day.
“Today there was a rather tough conversation, including with some heads of regions,” he said.
Stepanov also said that 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine should be delivered to Ukraine by March 31. The Ministry of Health expects permission for their export from the Government of India.
As reported, the first batch of 500,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine was delivered to Ukraine on the morning of February 23.
Oxford/AstraZeneca is produced at the facilities of the Serum Institute (India) and has the local (trade) name Covishield. It was registered for emergency use in Ukraine on Monday, February 22.
In addition, Ukraine received confirmation of deliveries of 2.2-3.7 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines under COVAX mechanism in the first-second quarter of 2021. In addition, this vaccine will be purchased directly from the manufacturers for public funds.
Ukraine has also signed additional direct contracts for the supply of vaccines against COVID-19, developed with the participation of AstraZeneca (UK-Sweden) and NovaVax (USA) and manufactured at the facilities of the Serum Institute (India).
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), the head of state said on his Instagram page.
“Doctors and military personnel are already being vaccinated. I urge all others to join the Diia queue. There is nothing to be afraid of, I am setting my own example,” the president said on Tuesday.
On Twitter, Zelensky said that he was vaccinated on the front line with Ukrainian soldiers as commander-in-chief.
“The same Oxford/AstraZeneca (Covishield) from India, which was delivered first to Ukraine, and which received millions of people around the world. The vaccine will allow us to live again without restrictions,” he said.
More than 3,000 people have been vaccinated from COVID-19 in Ukraine, Deputy Minister of Health Yaroslav Kucher said during a press briefing in Kyiv on Monday.
“Recently, more than 3,000 people have been vaccinated in Ukraine. Vaccination is carried out in a cascade way, that is, in the near future, one should expect that the number of vaccinated people will significantly increase,” he said.
At the same time, Kucher urged Ukrainians not to believe fakes about vaccinations and to receive information from reliable sources, in particular from the Ministry of Health.
Only 39% of Ukrainian citizens have expressed readiness to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus if such a vaccine becomes available at local pharmacies, and 56% are not ready to do so, according to the results of a public opinion survey carried out by the Rating Sociological Group between January 14 and January 16, 2021.
Forty-three percent of respondents said they will be ready to be vaccinated if it is free of charge, and 52% of those polled expressed the opposite opinion. The majority of those who oppose vaccination are people from the age group between 30 and 49, women, residents of small towns, and those who are not afraid of contracting the disease, the poll findings show.
By comparison, 55% of Ukrainians supported free vaccination in November 2020. Meanwhile, the number of those who are ready to pay for the vaccine has slightly grown.
Fifty-one percent of respondents backed the strengthening of quarantine measures, including the lockdown, from January 8 to January 24, down from 56% in December, and 46% of those polled disapproved of the aforementioned steps.
At the same time, 40% of respondents believe that the lockdown will help curb the spread of the disease (52% in December), and 55% took the opposite view. One-third of those who support the lockdown said they do not consider it to be effective.
Sixteen percent of respondents said they had had COVID-19 or were suffering from it at the moment, 80% of those polled said they had not had COVID-19, and 4% could not answer the question.
As compared with previous such surveys, the latest poll shows that the respondents were considerably less worried by the fact that they themselves or their relatives might contract the virus. This figure stands at 40% in January, down from 57% in November. Seventy-eight percent of respondents to the latest survey expressed concern that their relatives and friends might contract the disease, as compared to 87% in November. The respondents who expressed the greatest concern on this matter were the elderly and women.
The poll, using the Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview method, took place between January 14 and January 16 and surveyed 1,600 respondents aged 18 and up.