Ipsos MRBI/IPHA COVID Vaccine Tracker (September 2021)

Younger people less likely to get vaccinated for COVID-19 than population overall, says Ipsos MRBI tracker survey for IPHA. Vaccination rate in Ireland is highest in the EU – but 18 to 34-year-olds still showing signs of hesitancy.

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  • Will Nunn Associate Director
  • Tarik Laher Director
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Ipsos MRBI/IPHA COVID Vaccine Tracker - September 2021                                                                    

Young people are still less likely to get vaccinated for COVID-19 compared with the population overall, 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.

The research shows that vaccine hesitancy is at 13% in the 18 to 34-year-old age group. That figure is composed of 8% who said they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine and 5% who said they were unsure. In the population overall, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is 9%, with 6% saying they would not get vaccinated for the disease while 3% are unsure.

Last October, when IPHA began tracking public appetite for COVID-19 vaccines, 12% of people said they would not get vaccinated for COVID-19 and 33% said they were unsure. That means COVID-19 hesitancy in the population overall has dropped by 36 points in 11 months.

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 2% 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 88% of the sample*, that number rises to 91%. Just 6% of people would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine – a proportion that has remained relatively stable since the start of the year.

About The Survey

Ipsos MRBI conducted 1,004 telephone interviews with adults aged over 18 between September 1st and 14th, 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.

The author(s)

  • Will Nunn Associate Director
  • Tarik Laher Director

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