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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.