Covid-19 vaccine report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Cumbria undertook research on attitudes to the Covid-19 vaccine. They undertook a survey from 23 August to 9 September 2021 and received 132 responses.

All but 6 people had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.  The most common reasons given for those who had had the vaccine was to protect themselves and others. Eight people had at least one dose of the vaccine but didn’t want it.  They were uncertain about the efficacy of the vaccine, concerned about long-term effects or believed that natural immunity was more effective.  Their reasons for getting the vaccine included wanting to go on holiday, for work or protecting others.

Six people said they didn’t want and had not had the vaccine.  Their reasons included having worries about the safety of the vaccine, believing that information about the vaccine isn’t accurate or they didn’t need it as they had antibodies from a prior infection.

Additional comments included a range of views as to whether children should be vaccinated, access to boosters and positive experiences of being vaccinated.

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General details

Report title 
Covid-19 vaccine report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Cumbria
Date of publication 
Monday, 20 December, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 23 August, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 9 September, 2021
Key themes 
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
16-17 years
18-24 years
25-64 years
65-85 years
85 +
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

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.