12:27 Monday, 03 May 2021
1,000 people were surveyed for the study
New research has revealed that young women are less likely to say they would accept a Covid-19 vaccine.
The vaccine hesitancy study was carried out by NUI Galway, in collaboration with University of Huddersfield, England.
They surveyed 1,000 people online in Ireland and the UK.
The research revealed three quarters of those who participated intend to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
It also found that women aged under 30 were less likely to say they would accept a Covid-19 vaccine.
With fewer than 70% indicating a positive response and 20% indicating high levels of uncertainty.
Dr Jane Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of the Mobile Technology and Health Research Group at NUI Galway.
Dr Walsh said: “It is possible, that one of the reasons behind young women’s reluctance to signal an intention to get a Covid-19 vaccine is related to issues around fertility and this warrants further investigation.”
The study also found the following reasons to make people more likely to get a vaccine:
If they had a higher trust in authorities; high satisfaction with government response to the pandemic; and if they were more likely to adhere to public health guidelines in general.
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