A new international study by Imperial College has found that only 65% of UK patients would be willing to get a Covid vaccine next year.
The study of 13,500 people found that UK patients were most willing among the 15 countries surveyed.
Overall, only 41% of all those surveyed by Imperial were willing to get a vaccine at the time of the survey, which was undertaken between 11 and 24 November.
It also found that UK patients had the least concern around side effects after Denmark, but still around one in three (31%) were worried.
The study also found that among all those surveyed, 43% stated they were worried about contracting Covid-19 yet ‘57% either do not worry or appear undecided about their level of worry’.
French patients were least willing to have the vaccine, with only a third saying they would take a vaccine next year (35%) or a quarter at the time of the survey (25%)
Sarah P Jones, doctoral researcher at Imperial’s Institute of Global Health Innovation and project co-lead, said: ‘This survey shows health authorities need to do more to reach those who do not have the knowledge they need to make an informed personal decision about vaccines. There is a lot of evidence that vaccines are safe, but unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation out there.
‘Receiving a vaccine is not just about protecting yourself. It is also about protecting the people around us – the vulnerable, the key workers, as well as our friends, family. This is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where we can come together as one to help our communities, our economies and each other get back on track.’
This follows the news that the MHRA has advised that patients with significant allergic reactions history should not be given the Pfizer vaccine after two healthcare staff suffered reactions to the vaccine.