VILNIUS – Only half of Lithuanian residents would get a coronavirus vaccine once it is become available, and the same proportion of Lithuanians would refuse to get vaccinated, a public survey by Vilmorus for BNS has revealed.
1,001 Lithuanian residents took part in the survey that asked them what they would do if a coronavirus vaccine was created and made available. 42.9 percent said they would get it, and 42.5 percent said they would not. 14.7 percent had no opinion on the issue.
Vilnius residents and those on higher income are more likely to get vaccinated from the coronavirus. And more often residents of smaller cities and towns and those on lower income said they would not get coronavirus jabs.
Lithuania is taking part in a joint EU project for the acquisition of coronavirus vaccines. The country has already joint EC-initiated contracts for vaccines under development by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
All EU member states should get vaccines at the same time, with many experts estimating that mass vaccination would start no earlier than next year.
The Lithuanian government says it will seek to secure vaccines for 70 percent of the country's population. Anti-coronavirus vaccination will be voluntary.
Detailed survey results:
The question: "If a coronavirus vaccine is created and made available, would you get vaccinated or not?"
The answers: I would definitely get vaccinated – 16.6 percent. I would mostly likely get vaccinated – 26.6 percent. I would most likely not get vaccinated – 18.2 percent. I would definitely not get vaccinated – 24.3 percent. I have no opinion – 14.7 percent.
1,001 Lithuanian residents aged over 18 were surveyed at their homes in 27 cities and 44 villages on October 9-18.