Covid Vaccine Acceptance Rises in Some Countries: Study

Volunteers and health care workers carry out a mass vaccination campaign at the former site of a Sears department store in a partnership with San Diego County, the city of Chula Vista and Sharp HealthCare. (Courthouse News photo/Barbara Leonard)

PARIS (AFP) — Willingness to get a Covid-19 vaccine is on the rise compared to last year, a survey of six industrialized countries published on Monday showed.

More people in the United Kingdom, the United States and even vaccine-skeptical France now accept the idea of getting a coronavirus jab, KekstCNC, an international consultancy, said in the survey conducted in February.

The survey also covered Germany, Japan and Sweden where a similar trend was clear, it said.

“As vaccine rollouts commence, higher numbers of people in all countries say they would take the vaccine,” the study said.

The highest percentage was found in the U.K. with 89% of those questioned in favor of taking a vaccine, up from 70% in December.

In Sweden, the rate was 76% against 53% in December, in the U.S. 64% against 58%, in Germany 73% against 63% and in Japan 64% against 50%.

France was the country in the study with the least enthusiasm at 59%, but favorable opinions about vaccines were still sharply up from the 40% level seen in December.

Some people were, meanwhile, highly critical of the vaccine rollout in their country.

While 76% of Britons surveyed felt their government had gotten the rollout speed “about right,” that percentage fell to 32% in the U.S, 28% in Germany and Japan, 22 in France and only 20% in Sweden.

People in the six countries judged that Israel and Britain had done the world’s best jobs with their vaccine rollout.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,526,075 people since it emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Sunday.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 511,998 deaths.

© Agence France-Presse

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