Summary of report content
This brief report summarises findings from two online events held in March/April 2021, as well as a survey conducted in May/June 2021, to hear from people in Southwark about their COVID-19 vaccine experiences and concerns.
One event was targeted at older people (over 50) who were likely to have already had one or two doses of the vaccine (March 31,2021). This event had 12 attendees.
The other event was targeted at younger people (under 50) who were likely to not yet be eligible(14 April2021). This event had 11 attendees.
Healthwatch Southwark also conducted a survey which received 90 responses.
- There was a mixture of negative and positive experiences of communication from health services about getting the vaccine.
- The most common concern was related to the risk of blood clots from the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine, as this had just gained media attention at the time of these events.
- Experiences of going to get the vaccine were also evenly mixed between positive and negative.
- Around half the group of younger people (age between 20 and 40) had positive attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccine