How does it feel for me during COVID-19?

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leeds undertook research into how people feel about getting their COVID-19 vaccine. On 20th November they launched a month-long survey to learn more about how people in Leeds felt about getting their COVID-19 vaccine. They received 3000 responses.

Most of the respondents plan to get their COVID-19 vaccines. However, reliable, clear, detailed information is needed to convince the significant number of people who are currently hesitant. There were very few respondents who could be described as anti-vaccine or who referred to any conspiracy theories. Healthwatch Leeds found that the vast majority of reservations were not outlandish. Among those who aren’t yet committed to getting vaccinated (7%) when their turn comes, the majority remain open to persuasion.

Healthwatch Leeds found that women were only slightly more likely than men to say they don’t want the vaccine, but significantly more likely to say they were unsure. People with children under the age of five were more likely than people without to say they don’t plan to have the vaccine. People who are health and care workers are more likely than those who aren’t to say that they don’t plan to get the vaccine or that they are unsure. Healthwatch Leeds found that there were barriers for those with dementia to get vaccinated and those with learning disabilities. The report notes the importance of getting clear guidance out not just to members of the public but to employers and organisations too.

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General details

Report title 
How does it feel for me during COVID-19?
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 22 December, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 20 November, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 20 December, 2020
Type of report 
Public opinion
Key themes 
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

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

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
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? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Care / support workers
Does the information include other people'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? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

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.