Vaccine hesitancy report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Derby carried out a survey to find out why some people were not taking up the offer of the Covid-19 vaccine, or were saying that they would not do so.

They identified two main areas of concern for people who were unlikely to have a vaccine if it was offered to them:

  • worries around the effects on person’s own health
  • worries about the safety of the vaccine

People who were worried about the effect of the vaccine on their health were worried about the long-term effects on their health, side effects of the vaccine and effects on their long-term condition.

Some of the people who were worried about the safety of the vaccine wanted to wait to see how the vaccine worked, while some didn’t think it was safe for them. There were a few people who thought Covid-19 was not a personal risk to them.

  • Most hesitant people wanted more research published with testing and results shown/evidenced over a longer period of time.
  • They also wanted clearer information to make their decisions that address their concerns.
  • Choice of vaccine and of the venue to receive it.
  • Learning disabilities and mental health conditions taken into account and patients offered alternative venues or time slots to suit their needs.



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General details

Report title 
Vaccine hesitancy report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Derbyshire
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 8 February, 2022
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 18 February, 2022
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 18 February, 2022
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Health and safety
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
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 
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? 
Not applicable
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.