Attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination among children and young people in Suffolk

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Suffolk heard from 3,278 young people in secondary schools and colleges between May and July 2021. They asked about attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccination.

36% of respondents were very likely to have the vaccination when it became available, and 21% were likely. ¼ of respondents were unsure whether they would get the vaccine or not.

Being very likely or likely to have a vaccine appeared to be generally positively correlated with school year; younger students were the most likely to be unsure.

43% of those ‘unsure’ about having a vaccine indicated they were worried about side effects. Fear of needles was a common concern amongst those who were very unlikely to accept a vaccination and others did not feel at risk of the virus.

Healthwatch Suffolk also asked young people where they heard information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine programme. The most common sources of information were parents and guardians, both online and TV news, their school and college, and social media.

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General details

Report title 
Attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination among children and young people in Suffolk
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Suffolk
Date of publication 
Monday, 6 September, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 May, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 31 July, 2021
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
1-15 years
16-17 years
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Other ethnic group
Sexual orientation 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

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Implied Impact
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