This is how many Gazette readers said they would not get a coronavirus vaccine
Thirty per cent of Gazette readers who took part in an online poll said they would not get a vaccine against Covid-19.
The question came as research carried out on behalf of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate found that almost a third of Britons ‘definitely will not’ or are unsure about whether they will get a vaccine.
Six per cent of the 1,663 people polled said they would definitely not get vaccinated. A further 10% said they would ‘probably not’, while another 15% said they did not know.
This takes the numbers of those who may not get vaccinated against coronavirus up to almost a third.
Scientists predict that more than three-quarters of the population would need to be vaccinated in order to have success in suppressing coronavirus.
The poll’s findings could represent a threat to the ability to contain Covid-19.
More than 400 people voted in our own poll on the issue, with 30% saying they would not get a Covid-19 vaccine at time of writing.
This is what you had to say on the Shields Gazette Facebook page:
Raymond Bosworth: “The vaccine has been rushed through, it takes years to test it on people and they get blood test every few months.”
Nathan Gray: The vaccine goes through so many tests and will not be rushed. It’ll be tested by more people than other vaccines do, hence the quicker vaccine.”
Mandy Patterson: “No chance.”
Collette Watson: “It hasn’t been out long enough. For implications and side effects. These things need at least 10-year studies.”