FEBRUARY 2021: Public perception of vaccination. Romanians’ confidence in the anti-COVID19 vaccination

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The survey was conducted by INSCOP Research and Verifield in partnership with the Communication and Social Innovation Research Center (CoRe) from the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. The study was a part of an independent research project initiated and coordinated by the think-tank STRATEGIC Thinking Group – (www.strategicthinking.ro).

 

DATA ANALYSIS

The opinion poll, conducted between January 13 and February 3, 2021, is an independent assessment of Romanians’ views on anti-COVID19 vaccination. The sociological research is divided into three chapters:

  1. Chapter 1: Vaccination intention
  2. Chapter 2. Vaccination campaign
  3. Chapter 3. Information / Disinformation about vaccination

 

More than half of Romanians (55.2 percent) say they intend to take the COVID-19 vaccine this year, 54.8 percent believe that mass immunization will stop the coronavirus epidemic, and 83 percent say that vaccination must be a personal choice.

Of those who do not intend to get the vaccine, 49 percent say their decision is final, while 49 percent say they may change their mind in the future; 2 percent do not know or do not to answer.

The main reasons given by those who do not want to get vaccinated are: the fear of possible side effects – 30.9 percent; distrust of the effectiveness of serum – 26.8 percent; insufficient information about COVID-19 immunization – 14.7 percent. Also, 12.7 percent said that they refuse to get vaccinated because they do not believe in the existence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and 5.8 percent are against vaccines in general. 8.2 percent gave another reason and 0.9 percent did not answer.

The survey also found that 68.3 percent of Romanians believe that the coronavirus epidemic is real and poses a threat for health, 17.2 percent believe that it is real but not dangerous to health, 10.4 percent consider that it is a lie, and 4 percent do not know or do not answer.

54.8 percent of Romanians consider that mass vaccination against Covid19 will stop the coronavirus epidemic, 33.7 percent consider the opposite, and 11.5 percent do not know or do not answer.

Also, 83 percent of Romanians say that the coronavirus vaccination should be a personal choice of each citizen, 16.4 percent believe that it should be mandatory, and 0.6 percent do not know or do not answer.

Almost all respondents (92.6%) have heard of the anti-COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the European Union. 7.2% had not heard of this campaign, and 0.3% do not know or do not answer.

According to the survey, 73.2% of respondents have a good opinion of the EU’s decision of negotiating and acquiring the anti-COVID-19 vaccines for immunizing the population of all member states, 22.5% think it was a bad idea and 4.3% do not know or do not answer.

Nearly half of all Romanians (49.5%) consider that the information regarding the anti-COVID-19 vaccine and the national immunization offered by the authorities is useful, but insufficient.

From the information they have, 56% of respondents believe that the national campaign of vaccination against COVID-19 was well and very well prepared, 39.3% say it was poorly and really poorly and 4.1% do not know or do not answer.

More than half (53%) of Romanians trust the administration of vaccines in the points established outside the medical units, including mobile caravans, 45.3% do not trust, and 1.8% do not know or do not answer.

Most Romanians (51.6%) trust the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (USA-Germany). 44.1% trust the Moderna vaccine (USA), 38.5% the AstraZeneca vaccine (Great Britain-Sweden), 17.8 % in those developed by China and 17.7% in the Sputnik vaccine (Russia).

Regarding the order established in the vaccination strategy for specific population groups, 85.5% of respondents agree with this, 11.6% do not agree and 2.6% did not know or did not answer.

The research also shows that 49.8% of Romanians consider that the Church, regardless of creed, should support the vaccination campaign, 46.3% that it should not support it and 4% did not know or did not answer.

The involvement of the Army in the national vaccination campaign is considered a good and very good idea by 65.9% of Romanians, a bad and very bad idea by 30.1% and 4% did not know or did not answer.

In the event in which the epidemiological data will indicate the need of a seasonal anti-COVID-19 vaccination, just like the one for the flu, 57.6% responded that they will get immunized yearly, 37.2% that they will not get vaccinated and 5.2% do not know or do not answer.

 

METHODOLOGY

The survey ”Public perception of vaccination. Romanians’ confidence in  the anti COVID19 vaccination” was conducted by INSCOP Research and Verifield in partnership with the Communication and Social Innovation Research Center (CoRe) from the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. The study was commissioned by the think tank Strategic Thinking (www.strategicthinking.ro), as part of an independent research project initiated and coordinated by the Association.

The data was collected between January 13 and February 3 by CATI (phone interviews). The sample of 1,200 of people is representative by significant socio-demographic categories (gender, age, occupation) for the adult population of Romania, aged 18 and over. The maximum permissible data error is ± 2.8% at a 95% confidence level.

A part of the research activities within this independent project initiated by the think tank STRATEGIC Thinking Group was sponsored by AstraZeneca.

Media partners of the project: The Romanian Television Society, Adevărul, G4Media, PSNews.ro, Revista Cultura and Revista 22

 

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