Young people's attitudes to the COVID 19 vaccine programme

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch County Durham undertook a survey into young people’s attitudes to, and experience of the vaccination programme. 133 people responded.

A high percentage of young people who completed the survey are very positive about vaccines in general and in particular about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Over four in five cited the wish to protect friends and family as their main reason to get vaccinated.

 Although nearly two thirds said nothing would stop them from getting the vaccine, the distance to the location where the vaccine appointment takes place and the times available to have the vaccine were cited by some as barriers to getting vaccinated.

The top 3 reasons that people gave for not being vaccinated were they would want others to have it first, were worried about the vaccine’s safety or they were concerned about the ingredients in it.

Nearly three in five said they would trust the Government or NHS website to give accurate information about the vaccine. The next trusted was Chief Scientific Officer/Chief Medical Officer/Senior NHS staff followed by an NHS website, GP practice, pharmacy, clinic or hospital.

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General details

Report title 
Young people's attitudes to the COVID 19 vaccine programme
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch County Durham
Date of publication 
Thursday, 12 August, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 May, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 31 May, 2021
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health inequalities
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
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 
16-17 years
18-24 years
25-64 years
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? 
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.