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A quarter of Britons could REFUSE to take coronavirus vaccine, new survey shows 

More than a quarter of people in the UK may refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus, a worrying survey reveals.

Results will be released today for a global frontrunner vaccine, developed at Oxford University, showing whether it is safe and triggers a positive immune response.

But shocking figures show, even if this first step is successful, and the treatment is proven to work in the coming months, 14 per cent of people in the UK say they would be unwilling to be vaccinated.

Results will be released today for a global frontrunner vaccine, developed at Oxford University, showing whether it is safe and triggers a positive immune response [File photo]

Another 13 per cent say they don’t know if they would refuse a vaccine, according to a national survey.


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There are concerns social media is being overwhelmed by ‘anti-vaxxer’ myths and scare stories, which the Daily Mail has campaigned against following a resurgence of measles and mumps.

Millennials are among the most wary, with a coronavirus vaccine most opposed by people aged 25 to 34. 

The key to beating the virus is to achieve ‘herd immunity’, which most experts say means at least 60 per cent of the population having 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 up, overnight all the restrictions can stop and life will return to normal like it was before March, with no social distancing or restrictions.

There are concerns social media is being overwhelmed by ¿anti-vaxxer¿ myths and scare stories, which the Daily Mail has campaigned against following a resurgence of measles and mumps [File photo]

There are concerns social media is being overwhelmed by ‘anti-vaxxer’ myths and scare stories, which the Daily Mail has campaigned against following a resurgence of measles and mumps [File photo]

‘The figures suggesting many people might refuse a vaccine are depressing, and actually incredibly selfish. As a doctor, I have known children die who would have survived if they had been vaccinated, and if people do not get vaccinated for coronavirus, other people such as their grandparents could die.

‘There is a great deal of misinformation on the internet, and the risks of vaccines have been maliciously overestimated.’

Research agency ORB International, which works with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, last week surveyed 2,065 people across the UK.

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’.

Some 7 per cent of people ‘strongly agreed’ they would not want to be vaccinated, and 7 per cent ‘agreed’, while 13 per cent said they were ‘undecided’. It means that overall up to 27 per cent of people could refuse the vaccine.

Among women 16 per cent said they would refuse a vaccine, compared to just 12 per cent of men, with pensioners the least likely to oppose being vaccinated. 

Just 9 per cent of over-65s did not want to receive a vaccine, compared to 22 per cent of people aged 25 to 34. 

More than 160 research teams are part of the global race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, but Oxford University’s vaccine is the one many experts are backing.

The first clinical trial results will be announced in the Lancet medical journal today. 

Among women 16 per cent said they would refuse a vaccine, compared to just 12 per cent of men, with pensioners the least likely to oppose being vaccinated. Just 9 per cent of over-65s did not want to receive a vaccine, compared to 22 per cent of people aged 25 to 34 [File photo]

Among women 16 per cent said they would refuse a vaccine, compared to just 12 per cent of men, with pensioners the least likely to oppose being vaccinated. Just 9 per cent of over-65s did not want to receive a vaccine, compared to 22 per cent of people aged 25 to 34 [File photo]

The vaccine is believed to have been shown to be safe, and to trigger people’s immune systems to fight the virus. 

The UK Government has pledged £65.5 million in funding, which will help ensure this country has fast access to the vaccine.

Before it is even proven to work, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has begun manufacturing it, aiming to produce 30million doses for people in the UK by September.

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