Many Koreans Still Distrust Coronavirus Vaccines

  • By Lee Joon-woo

    February 15, 2021 12:34

    Three out of 10 Koreans feel nervous about coronavirus vaccines, which are about to arrive at the end of this month and will either postpone or refuse them, a survey suggests.

    A team of researchers at Seoul National University polled 1,068 adults across the country from Feb. 5-7 and found that 26.8 percent of respondents want to postpone their vaccinations and 4.9 percent will refuse them.

    But 45.3 percent of respondents are happy to get vaccinated according to the government's vaccination schedule and 11.5 percent want their jabs at the earliest possible time.

    But over 80 percent think the vaccinations are important. The biggest proportion who feel vaccinations are vital are in their 50s with 90.8 percent, and the smallest in their 30s with 71.1 percent.

    Those who would rather wait mostly cited fears over the safety of available vaccines. There is a lack of clinical trial data about the efficacy of AstraZeneca's vaccine, the first to arrive in Korea, among older people, and a growing number of countries are limiting injections of the elderly. The AstraZeneca data for protection against variants are also poor.

    "The decision to get vaccinated is just a choice people make based on communicating with their peers and through social media, so health authorities need to provide accurate information," a researcher said.

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