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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Flattening the Curve of COVID-19 Vaccine Rejection—A Global Overview

Wojciech Feleszko (The Medical University of Warsaw), Piotr Lewulis (University of Warsaw), Adam Czarnecki (Market Research Institute), Paweł Waszkiewicz (University of Warsaw), Flattening the Curve of COVID-19 Vaccine Rejection—A Global Overview, SSRN:

Current levels of public acceptability of immunisation put at serious risk the effectiveness of any future anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination programs. High levels of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy are reported even from countries severely affected by the pandemic.

A survey on a representative sample of adult Polish citizens (n=1066) was conducted, showing that 28% of adults in Poland would not vaccinate against SARS-CoV-2 if the vaccine became available. A majority (51%) of the reluctant respondents indicated that their minds would not be changed if given information regarding vaccine safety or efficacy, or if threatened with heavy fines. Significantly fewer respondents (37%) supported COVID-19 vaccinations specifically than supported childhood vaccinations in Poland in general (78% in 2018).

Subsequently, a systematic search of nationally representative and methodologically sound surveys identified a total of 20. The vaccine hesitancy for the hypothetical, yet anticipated COVID-19 vaccine varied from very low (2–6% China) to very high (43%, Czechia, and 44%, Turkey).

A legislative action, as well as the creation of sound and coherent common international public policies, should precede the availability of effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine

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