According to a worrying survey, more than a quarter of people in the UK can refuse coronavirus vaccination.
The results for a global top vaccine developed at Oxford University are published today. They show whether it is safe and triggers a positive immune response.
But shocking numbers show that 14 percent of people in the UK say they would not be ready to get vaccinated even if this first step is successful and the treatment has been shown to work in the coming months.
The results for a global top vaccine developed at Oxford University are published today. They show whether it is safe and triggers a positive immune response [file photo].
A further 13 percent say, according to a national survey, not knowing whether they would reject a vaccine.
There are concerns that social media are overwhelmed by anti-Vaxxer myths and horror stories that the Daily Mail has been campaigning for after the resurgence of measles and mumps.
Millennials are among the most cautious, with a coronavirus vaccine that is most rejected by people ages 25 to 34.
The key to fighting the virus is to achieve “herd immunity,” which most experts believe means that at least 60 percent of the population has been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “If we get an effective vaccine and almost everyone takes it, all restrictions can stop overnight and life will return to what it was before March, with no social Distance or restrictions.
There are concerns that social media are overwhelmed by anti-Vaxxer myths and horror stories that the Daily Mail has used to help resurrect measles and mumps [file photo]
“The numbers that indicate that many people may reject a vaccine are depressing and, in fact, incredibly selfish. As a doctor, I knew that children would die who would have survived if they had been vaccinated, and if people were not vaccinated against coronavirus, other people like their grandparents could die.
"There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet and the risks of vaccines have been maliciously overestimated."
Research agency ORB International, which works with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, interviewed 2,065 people across the UK last week.
They were asked if they agreed with the following statement: "I would not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if a high quality vaccine were available."
About 7 percent of people "strongly agreed" that they did not want to be vaccinated, and 7 percent "agreed", while 13 percent said they were "undecided". This means that a total of up to 27 percent of people could reject the vaccine.
Among women, 16 percent said they would refuse a vaccine compared to only 12 percent of men, with pensioners least likely to be against vaccination.
Only 9 percent of those over the age of 65 did not want to receive a vaccine, compared with 22 percent of the 25 to 34 year-olds.
More than 160 research teams are part of the global race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, but the Oxford University vaccine is the one that many experts support.
The first results of clinical trials are announced today in the Lancet Medical Journal.
Among women, 16 percent said they would refuse a vaccine compared to only 12 percent of men, with pensioners least likely to be against vaccination. Only 9 percent of those over 65 years did not want to receive a vaccine, compared to 22 percent of 25 to 34 year olds [file photo]
The vaccine is believed to be safe and stimulates people's immune systems to fight the virus.
The UK government has pledged £ 65.5 million to ensure that this country has quick access to the vaccine.
Before it turns out that it works at all, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca started manufacturing to make 30 million cans for people in the UK by September.