COVID-19 Vaccine programme: What did Sefton residents tell us?

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Sefton surveyed local residents about their attitude to taking the Covid-19 vaccine. 323 people responded to the survey.

Four in five of respondents had a very positive view of vaccinations in general. At the time of taking the survey, 59% had already received the first dose of the vaccine. Over a third said that they would definitely accept the offer of a vaccine.  Nearly two thirds said nothing would stop them from getting the vaccine. Distance to the vaccine centre/location was shared as one barrier to getting the vaccine.

Most people wanted to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others.  TV and radio were the most popular ways that people had accessed information about the vaccine.  Three quarters felt that the information relating to the vaccine had been positive and was communicated clearly and effectively. Those that had been vaccinated said that local vaccine centres were well organised and efficient. Concerns included the need to include front line professionals in the priority groups; not knowing when a second vaccine would be received, effectiveness, side effects and trial data and poor national communications.

Eight people said that they would not get the covid-19 vaccine, although they all had an overall positive view of vaccines. Confidence was one of the primary motivational issues with safety and effectiveness being key factors.  Many of the open comments shared by this group referred to coercion and shared that taking up the vaccine should not be made mandatory.

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General details

Report title 
COVID-19 Vaccine programme: What did Sefton residents tell us?
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Sefton
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 27 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 28 February, 2021
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Consent to care and treatment
Health protection
Information providing
Service delivery organisation and staffing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

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 
323
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Positive

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
No
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not applicable

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.