Summary of report content
Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees opened a survey to local people gather their views regarding the Covid-19 vaccinations. To gain this information they conducted a Covid-19 vaccination survey on Survey Monkey. Engagement with Healthwatch Champions, the use of social media, telephone and email contact with support services in the local area enabled them to promote the survey.
Seventy-two people completed the survey. Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees will use the findings from the Covid-19 vaccination survey to inform future public engagement, workplans and to share information with the public and other services and organisations.
The overall findings of this engagement:
- That most people have very positive views of the Covid-19 vaccinations and vaccinations in general, and if they had not already received the Covid-19 vaccination then they would.
- Available appointment times and the distance and the location of the vaccine sites are factors that could possibly prevent vaccine uptake.
- Those who would refuse the vaccine told Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees that they would want to wait until others had it first or they believe that the vaccine isn’t safe. Some people were unsure why they would not want it.
- The main reasons for having/wanting to receive the Covid-19 vaccine are to protect themselves and others, to help society get back to normal, and to help the economy.
- People have been able to access information about the Covid-19 vaccinations from a range of different sources.
- Information has been positive toward a Covid-19 vaccine.
- Information on the Covid-19 vaccine has been communicated clearly and effectively from the NHS/Government.
Further findings and additional information addresses:
- Confusion and concerns around vaccine dosing schedule.
- Vaccine priority for carers and other front-line health and social care workers.
- Concerns of misinformation surrounding impact of the Covid-19 vaccination on the fertility of young people.
- Disparities between the views of Covid-19 vaccinations of people from BAME communities and future engagement and work to address inequalities.