Summary of report content
Healthwatch Leeds launched a survey to learn about how people in Leeds felt about getting their COVID-19 vaccine. This report is based on the responses received from over 3000 people between 20th November and 7th December 2020.
- People aged 44 and younger were more likely than older generations to say that they don’t plan to get the vaccine or were undecided. Vaccine hesitancy peaked among the 25-34-year age category.
- On the whole, people from White British backgrounds were more likely than people from other ethnic backgrounds to say they plan to get the vaccine.
- Levels of indecision were also higher among people from other ethnic backgrounds.
- For respondents of all ethnicities, protecting oneself and / or others were the most frequently cited reasons for getting the vaccine. However, compared to their White British counterparts, a larger proportion of respondents from other ethnic backgrounds cited protecting themselves and/or others as a reason to get vaccinated.
- While concerns about side effects were the most frequently referenced reason for not getting vaccinated across all ethnicities, they were particularly prevalent among culturally diverse communities.
- Most people wanted more information about potential side effects, both long-term and short-term. Other information which people wanted to access included length of time the vaccine would provide immunity, number of doses they would need to take, information about effectiveness, and when and which vaccine they would get.
The report also contains feedback from the people of Leeds with the greatest health inequalities. This information was shared by Leeds Voices and the Communities of Interest team at Forum Central with Healthwatch Leeds.