Flattening the Curve of COVID-19 Vaccine Rejection—A Global Overview

11 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2020

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Wojciech Feleszko

The Medical University of Warsaw

Piotr Lewulis

University of Warsaw

Adam Czarnecki

ARC Rynek i Opinia, Market Research Institute

Paweł Waszkiewicz

University of Warsaw

Date Written: June 20, 2020

Abstract

Current levels of public acceptability of immunisation put at serious risk the effectiveness of any future anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination programs. High levels of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy are reported even from countries severely affected by the pandemic.

A survey on a representative sample of adult Polish citizens (n=1066) was conducted, showing that 28% of adults in Poland would not vaccinate against SARS-CoV-2 if the vaccine became available. A majority (51%) of the reluctant respondents indicated that their minds would not be changed if given information regarding vaccine safety or efficacy, or if threatened with heavy fines. Significantly fewer respondents (37%) supported COVID-19 vaccinations specifically than supported childhood vaccinations in Poland in general (78% in 2018).

Subsequently, a systematic search of nationally representative and methodologically sound surveys identified a total of 20. The vaccine hesitancy for the hypothetical, yet anticipated COVID-19 vaccine varied from very low (2–6% China) to very high (43%, Czechia, and 44%, Turkey).

A legislative action, as well as the creation of sound and coherent common international public policies, should precede the availability of effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine.

Note: Funding: This research was funded by the joint grant from the Warsaw University and the Medical University of Warsaw Federation

Conflict of Interest: We declare no competing interests.

Keywords: vaccine, vaccine hesitancy, anti-vaxers, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2

Suggested Citation

Feleszko, Wojciech and Lewulis, Piotr and Czarnecki, Adam and Waszkiewicz, Paweł, Flattening the Curve of COVID-19 Vaccine Rejection—A Global Overview (June 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3631972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3631972

Wojciech Feleszko (Contact Author)

The Medical University of Warsaw ( email )

Medical University Children's Hospital
Żwirki i Wigury 63A
Warszawa, 02-091
Poland

Piotr Lewulis

University of Warsaw ( email )

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

Adam Czarnecki

ARC Rynek i Opinia, Market Research Institute ( email )

Słowackiego 12
Warszawa, 01-627
Poland

Paweł Waszkiewicz

University of Warsaw ( email )

Warszawa, 00-927
Poland

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