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Survey reveals 87% of Luxembourg vaccinees are eager to get a booster jab or already got it

Covid-19 vaccination survey.

Between 27 November and 5 December, 600 adults were interviewed about vaccination in a statistically representative survey.

How many vaccinated people want to get a booster jab? How many parents have had their children vaccinated?

A recent representative survey conducted by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)/science.lu in cooperation with researchers from Luxembourg gives answers to these questions and more generally on vaccination.

Luxembourg vaccinees willing to get a booster dose

Among vaccinees in Luxembourg, there is a very high willingness to get a booster dose. Indeed, 57% are very likely and 8% are likely to get a booster shot. Matching the official figures, 22% of vaccinees had already received a booster jab. Only, 6% of the respondents think it is unlikely that they will get a booster shot while 6% are still uncertain.

Worth noting is that the youngest age group (18-24 years) showed the highest level of reluctance. Case in point: a total of 13% of individuals surveyed were somewhat opposed to a booster shot, compared to only 4% in the over-50 age group.

Most participants are positive about vaccinating children aged 5-11 years

A solid majority of respondents claimed they support children vaccination whereas 22% disagree and 22% have no opinion.

Surprisingly, parents of young children are more ‘vaccine confident’ than the wider public. The surveyed parents, making up 13% of total respondents, appears to be more positive about vaccinating young children. Among them, 49% were very likely and 17% were likely to have their children vaccinated.

Vaccinated people show higher trust in Covid-19 public policies

The survey asked participants how much confidence they currently have in the state and institutions of the country to take the most appropriate measures to fight the pandemic and protect us from the coronavirus.

The respondents’ confidence in the actions of the state and institutions in the fight against Covid-19 stands at 68%.

Confidence is particularly low among the unvaccinated as 53% of them do not trust public decisions. Most of this group appear to be younger respondents and people with low levels of education.

Key take-aways

87%

of vaccinees are eager to get a booster jab or already got it.

56%

of respondents are positive about vaccination for children ages 5-11.

66%

of parents who have children between the ages of 5 and 11 want to have their children vaccinated.

68%

of participants trust the actions of the state and institutions in the fight against Covid-19.

Why do people get vaccinated or not?

The main reason why people get vaccinated is to protect themselves (74%), to protect others (66%) and to show solidarity (53%).

The health aspect plays an important role for a total of 86%. Yet 58% of the respondents also have more pragmatic reasons for vaccination, as unvaccinated people face more obstacles in their daily lives and have fewer options. In addition, 12% also feel compelled to do so. And this view is disproportionately shared by the 18-34 age group, where almost a quarter of respondents cited social pressure as a reason for vaccination. In the 55+ age group, the rate only stands at 6%.

Among anti-vaxxers, health reasons play a role in the majority of cases. The fear of side and long-term effects (58%) is mentioned. In addition, half of the vaccination sceptics and opponents believes that the vaccine emerged too quickly and that there is insufficient evidence that the vaccinations were effective and necessary.

The study was conducted by FNR and science.lu, in collaboration with Joël Mossong, epidemiologist at the Luxembourg Health Directorate, and Anja Leist, social scientist at the University of Luxembourg.

Read the complete survey results on science.lu [in German].

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