90 percent want COVID injection

15.09.2020 - 13:18
 Mynd: RÚV
Nine in every ten people in Iceland say they will definitely or probably have the COVID-19 vaccine, when one becomes available, according to the latest Gallup Pulse of the Nation poll. Six percent said they would definitely not or probably not have the injection, and four percent were undecided either way.

By far the most common reason given among those who said they do not plan to receive the injection is that they want to wait and see if there are any unforeseen side effects. A smaller proportion said they are generally against all immunisations, and a few said they would not need the vaccine because they have already had the coronavirus and have antibodies.

Political persuasion seems to have some impact on the poll results; as 98 percent of Vinstri grænir (Left Greens) supporters said they would have the COVID-19 vaccination and 94 percent of Framsóknarflokkurinn (Progressive Party) supporters. Around 90 percent of voters for all other parties want the injection, but only 84 percent of those who say they would not vote or would submit a blank ballot. 

According to the poll results report from Gallup, around 75 percent of people across 27 countries say they would accept the injection. Only the Chinese are more positive than the Icelanders. 97 percent of people polled in China say they will definitely or probably have the vaccine when it becomes available. 

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager
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