A large number of young people in the UK, one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, are likely to destroy the coronavirus vaccine, according to a new study. The research found that 22% of people under the age of 34 said they might or could not get vaccinated compared to 11% of those aged between 55 and 75 – who wanted to avoid the blockage.
The study’s author, conducted by King’s College London (KCL), has warned that “conspiracy theories and distrust of government, authority and science” could potentially pose a barrier to the invasion of Covid-19 infection.
Explaining that the research results are “deeply troubling”;, the authors have shown that only about 50% of Britons are committed to receiving a coronavirus vaccine as well as when it is started.
New research has found that people who avoid wearing masks, those who do not believe scientists and those who think that “there is a lot of fuss about the Covid-19 pandemic” are the ones most likely to refuse to get the vaccine .
“Vaccines are one of our greatest achievements, and we are very confident that we will eventually develop an effective one for Covid-19 – but more people still need to be convinced of how important it can be to end this crisis. “Professor Bobby Duffy, director of the KCL Policy Institute, spoke about the results of the new study.
“Misconceptions about vaccines are among our beliefs that are directly damaging, and they are clearly affecting people’s intentions during the coronavirus crisis,” said Professor Duffy.
Globally, with nearly 200 countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, scientists believe at least 70 percent of the population for each country will need to be vaccinated to ensure “herd immunity,” which is believed to restore nations in normalcy.
Researchers and scientists working rapidly to find a vaccine for the infectious disease have expressed hope that an effective vaccine will be available next year, as clinical trials at Oxford University produced an immune response in volunteers, though it is still unclear how long the last one will last inside the body.
Gideon Skinner, director of research at Ipsos Mori polls, said slightly more Britons appeared prepared to receive a Covid-19 vaccine than one for seasonal flu, but said the results were “still worrying”.
A total of 26 vaccine candidates are being developed, according to the World Health Organization, as a process that typically takes up to 15 years is squeezed out within a few months.
However, the KCL study found that only 53 per cent of the UK population is “safe or very likely” to receive a vaccine against the virus. About one in six people (16 percent) said they would reject it, or more likely, 11 percent said they did not know, while the remaining 20 percent are just right to start a coronavirus vaccine.
The findings were published shortly after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought to the fore the conspiracy theorists against vaccination, describing them as “nuts”.
Among the groups that suspect getting a vaccine are those who think the government wants people to wear masks to control the public (34%), those scientific experts who suspect (33%) and those who do not “follow the rules in every time “(24%).
Among pessimists, only 4% of people said a vaccine would never arrive – but only 44% think it will be available within a year or less.