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Survey of Ukrainians: hopes and fears in regards to the coronavirus vaccine

Research client: TV-Show «Savik Shuster's Freedom of Speech»

Executive: Sociological platform Liberty Report

Date: December 11 - 13, 2020.

Number of participants: 12,530 people.

The sociological sample - 863 respondents.

The sociological sample included participants of the «E-democracy» Project and the LibertyReport online platform users.

Survey data reflects the opinion of all Internet users in Ukraine older than 18 years, differentiated by gender, age and type of settlement.

Maximum sampling error: 3,4%

Main conclusions of the study:

  • 79,6% of respondents have a positive attitude toward all kinds of vaccinations.

  • 31,3% of respondents would not get vaccinated against COVID-19 under any circumstances.

  • Of those 31.3% who would refuse the vaccination, half (50%) do not believe in the effectiveness of the vaccine, and a third (27.4%) fear it will harm their health.

  • 26,5% agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19 only if it is free of charge.

  • 42,2% of all respondents want to be vaccinated and are willing to cover the vaccine cost themselves.

  • 52,7% of men and only 33.4% of women agreed to pay for the vaccine.

  • 58,1% of Ukrainian parents are willing to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.

  • 46,5% of respondents agree with mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for themselves and their children.

  • 25,8% of respondents were strongly against mandatory vaccinations for their children. Another 27.6% had a neutral position about this possibility.

  • 6% of Ukrainians who are not willing to get the vaccine would change their decision if their idol would get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • The most popular vaccines in the country are Pfizer and BionTech BNT162b2 - 57.1% of respondents said they had heard of it.

  • 11,3% of respondents did not know of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Respondents' comments about reasons for not willing to get vaccinated, spelling and punctuation observed:

I'm afraid that under the guise of a vaccine they are injecting something else. We can't be 100% sure of its usefulness.
I have had Covid already, it is the same as vaccination.
I do not believe in the danger of COVID-19, at least for myself.
The vaccine is new and it is not known how the body will react in the future
I do not trust vaccinations in our country.
I don't think it's possible to properly test a vaccine in such a short period of time. Plus, I doubt that our authorities are able to procure a quality vaccine at a reasonable price. With a corrupt markup, we will be injected with saline at the price of elite vaccines.
Any vaccination goes through a stage of testing. If a vaccine is found so quickly, why not treat people during treatment. What is it´s component. And the last time I saw a child of my neighbors at the age of three getting vaccinated against polio, a child became disabled for life.
I don't believe it's just a COVID vaccine. These days they can inject people en masse with anything they want.

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