COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has dropped by 36 points over the past 10 months, according to the latest research carried out by Ipsos MRBI for the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the representative organisation for the originator biopharmaceutical industry.
Last October, when IPHA began tracking public appetite for COVID-19 vaccines, 12% of people said they would not get vaccinated for the disease. In the same month, 33% said they were unsure. By this month, the proportion of people who said they will not get vaccinated for COVID-19 had dropped to 5%. Just 4% are unsure.
In the 18 to 34-year-old cohort, 86% either intend to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or have already received a vaccine for the disease. Last October, 19% of people in that age cohort said they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine against 7% this month. A further 32% of 18 to 34-year-olds said they were unsure about COVID-19 vaccination last October compared with 8% this month.
In the 18 to 24-year-old cohort, 10% said they were unsure about getting a COVID-19 vaccine against 15% last month. In the same age cohort, 4% said they would refuse to get vaccinated for the disease - the same proportion as last month.
Overall, 91% of people either intend to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or have already received a vaccine for the disease, according to the research. The results show that 5% of people will take a COVID-19 vaccine. But when combined with the cohort that has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, or 86% of the sample*, that number rises to 91%.
About The Survey
Ipsos MRBI conducted 1,002 telephone interviews with adults aged over 18 between July 30th and August 15th, 2021. The sample was nationally representative for age, gender, geography and social class. *These figures reflect a point-in-time measure of COVID-19 vaccine uptake and they are accurate for the survey fieldwork period. However, the proportion that has received a COVID-19 vaccine is liable to change rapidly as the rollout of the vaccination programme progresses.