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.