18 December 2020 | News
The survey has been conducted with approximately 11000 respondents to understand the openness to take the vaccine
While the Government of India is gearing up for the vaccination drive, more than 50% of India’s population is expressing caution towards taking the virus vaccine according to the GOQii COVID-19 – The Way Forward survey. The survey has been conducted with approximately 11000 respondents to understand the openness to take the vaccine, the perception of the government measures to combat COVID-19, the possible future measures including a lockdown. The study reveals that 53% of the population is unsure about taking COVID-19 vaccine.
GOQii analysed public opinion on the keenness of taking the vaccine while deep diving into the interest levels by age and gender. Interesting facts revealed that 43% of them are not sure and will only make a solid opinion post initial results about the effectiveness of the vaccine is revealed while 10% are firmly against taking the vaccine as of now. On an optimistic note, 47% of the respondents said that they are willing to take the vaccine and are actually waiting for it.
Women are more cautious than men with 48% of the male population willing to get vaccinated while the female readiness is around 42%.
With age, the willingness to take the vaccine reduces. The older adults (45-60) and seniors (60+) are not as ready as the younger age groups. This may be due to concerns about complications post taking it.
According to the COVID-19 Impact - The Way Forward study, 50% of the respondents feel that the Central Government initiatives have been effective in curbing the spread of COVID-19 while 25% of the people surveyed believe that the State Government initiatives have been effective. Only 22% of citizens recognise the efforts of the local Government in terms of effectiveness.
It is interesting to know that 66% of the population surveyed believes the current method or opening up slowly is the way forward while 34% feel that a complete lockdown should be introduced again. 25% have a positive opinion about the current partial lockdown and think that it should continue in a similar manner. While 31% want things to return back to normal but only in a gradual way, wherein restriction will be loosened very cautiously and while monitoring the numbers. 10% of people who said that there should be no restrictions and things should go back to normal.