One in six will not take the corona vaccine

In this May 4, 2020 photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, receives an injection. The first of four experimental COVID-19 vaccines being tested by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech showed encouraging results in very early testing of 45 people, the companies said Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)

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Many Norwegians are worried about possible side effects of the corona vaccine. One in six says no to taking it.

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Almost two out of three (63 per cent) say that they will take a vaccine when it arrives, the survey from the Norwegian Corona Monitor shows. At the same time, the survey reveals considerable skepticism. 16 per cent answer no and 21 per cent do not know.

Men are more positive about the vaccine than women – 67 and 58 per cent, respectively. Among people in their 30s and 40s, less than half say yes to a vaccine. This is significantly lower than older and younger, where around seven out of ten are positive.

Few believe in the vaccine this year
Sweden will ensure that Norway has access to the so-called Oxford vaccine, which the EU has entered into an agreement to buy if it is approved.

Only 15 per cent of those surveyed believe that the vaccine will come during this year. This is a decrease of 5 per cent since July. In April, almost every second Norwegian thought that the vaccine would be ready this year.

“Fewer and fewer people believe in a vaccine this year. People understand that it takes time to make a vaccine, and that production and distribution also require time,” says Senior Adviser Nora Clausen at Opinion.

Six out of ten fear side effects
Norwegian corona monitor has asked 1,400 Norwegians if they want to get a vaccine when it arrives.

Six out of ten answer that they are worried about side effects. Women fear this more than men. The concern is most common in the age group between 30 and 60 years.

The researchers behind the so-called Oxford vaccine have tested the vaccine on humans without finding serious side effects in a phase one and two study, but now the testing is in phase three where far more are being tested.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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