A report into public opinion surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine in Rotherham

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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.

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General details

Report title 
A report into public opinion surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine in Rotherham
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Rotherham
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 3 March, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 January, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 22 February, 2021
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health protection
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
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 people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
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? 
Not known

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.