New survey: One in five Norwegians would refuse to take corona vaccine

Coronavirus vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth, File
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In a new survey, 18% of those surveyed said they would refuse to take the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. Only 60% said they wanted to take the vaccine.

“A clear majority would take the vaccine. Just under one in five Norwegians wouldn’t, which has been the case in August, September, and so far in October,” senior adviser Nora Clausen in Opinion noted in a press release.

In the survey from the Norwegian Coronavirus Monitor, 4,000 people were asked if they would get vaccinated against the coronavirus when the vaccine became available.

Since the previous survey, which was published at the end of August, the proportion of those who answered “yes” has fallen by three percentage points, and the proportion of those who would refuse to take the vaccine has increased by two percentage points.

Worried about side effects

In a survey that newspaper Dagbladet published earlier this week, 39% answered that they would not take the vaccine if it became available now.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Erna Solberg had some advice for those who were skeptical about taking the coronavirus vaccine when it arrives.

“If too few get vaccinated, it will be more difficult to curb the infection. This is crucial, out of consideration for those who become seriously ill,” she said.

In the new survey from the Norwegian Coronary Monitor, 66% also stated that they were worried that a new coronavirus vaccine may have unfortunate side effects – that is six percentage points more than in August.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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