Ipsos MRBI/IPHA COVID Vaccine Tracker - May 2021

Public appetite for COVID-19 vaccine rises to 88%, says Ipsos MRBI tracker survey for IPHA. Just 4% of people would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine as hesitancy trends downwards since the start of the year.

The author(s)

  • Tarik Laher Director
  • Will Nunn Associate Director
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The number of people who intend to get vaccinated for COVID-19, or who have already received a vaccine for the disease, has risen to 88%, according to the results of the latest tracker survey by Ipsos MRBI for the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) which represents the international research-based biopharmaceutical industry.

The results show that 63% of people will take a COVID-19 vaccine. But when combined with the vaccinated cohort, or 26% of the sample*, that number rises to 88% – 13 points higher than the percentage of people who said in January that they would take a COVID-19 vaccine.

Between January and May, the number of people who said they either won’t get vaccinated for COVID-19 or were unsure about taking a vaccine has declined. In January, 7% said they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine and 18% were unsure. This month, 4% overall say they will refuse a COVID-19 vaccine and 7% are unsure.

About The Survey

Ipsos MRBI conducted 1,002 telephone interviews with adults aged over 18 between April 30th and May 11th, 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 rollout of the vaccination programme progresses.
 

The author(s)

  • Tarik Laher Director
  • Will Nunn Associate Director

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