A report into public opinion surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine in RotherhamDownload (PDF 1.16MB)
Summary of report content
Healthwatch Rotherham undertook a survey of attitudes to and information about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. They received 334 responses.
The majority of respondents had a positive view of vaccinations, with over 80% prepared to have the Covid-19 vaccine, or have already had it.
Most people felt that nothing would stop them getting the vaccine. Common issues that appeared were accessibility issues, including the distance to the vaccine location and travelling there.
For those who do not want to be vaccinated, a lack of trust around the vaccine and its intentions is the predominant issue in preventing them from having the Covid-19 vaccine. To resolve this, it is recommended that members of the local community, such as religious leaders and GP surgeries ensure that people know the facts around the Covid-19 vaccine. One efficient way of ensuring this is to hold ‘Covid myth busting sessions’, delivering unbiased scientific facts to members of the Community unsure about having the vaccine. This also gives them the opportunity to voice any worries and have their questions answered. This will then allow them to make an informed decision based on what they have heard. This is particularly important in BAME communities, where uptake is significantly lower across England.
There were recommendations about improved information to people about the vaccine and providing the vaccine in locations nearby so that people don’t have to travel.