42% unvaccinated Ukrainians are ready to receive injection, - UNICEF

Source : 112 Ukraine

Most motivating for those who want to be vaccinated is the fact that vaccination can prevent coronavirus disease or its complications.
17:03, 3 November 2021

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine held a National Representative Survey, which showed that 42% of Ukrainians who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 are ready to be vaccinated under certain conditions as the Health Ministry of Ukraine reported.

According to the survey, the most motivating factor for those wishing to be vaccinated is that vaccination can prevent coronavirus disease or complications from it and that they will not infect other people.

"This is true, because vaccinated people are five times less likely to become infected and have more than 10 times lower risk of hospitalization with Covid-19 than unvaccinated people," the Ministry of Health said.

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It was also the biggest motivator for those who were already vaccinated. Thus, 65% were vaccinated so as not to get sick and not have complications from Covid-19. Only 14% said they did it on the recommendation of an employer or educational institution.

In general, 60% of all Ukrainians have a positive attitude towards vaccination against Covid-19 and 62% agree that it is necessary to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Among those who have not yet been vaccinated and do not want to do so, most do not trust vaccines, believe that vaccination carries more risks than Covid-19 itself, and do not want to experience a reaction to vaccines. And almost a quarter believe that they have medical contraindications for vaccination against Covid-19.

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People who do not want to be vaccinated do not see a pandemic as a serious threat or Covid-19 as a disease that should be vaccinated against at all.

"More than half of those who do not want to be vaccinated would not trust the doctor's advice on this matter, 48% did not discuss vaccination with a doctor, and 6% - the doctor did not recommend being vaccinated," the message says.

The study was held in September-October 2021 (before the introduction of the "red" zones) by Info Sapiens research agency with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank. The survey was carried out by telephone interviews. 2,006 persons over 18 years of age were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, with the exception of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and non-government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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As we reported, 34,000 people with coronavirus were hospitalized in Ukraine over the past week. 93.2% of them were unvaccinated.


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