By Michael Gibson and Johnny Heald
ORB polling showed almost 7 in 10 (69%) of the UK adult population have been invited to have a COVID-19 vaccine; of which 92% have had at least one dose (70% one dose, 22% fully vaccinated). In line with the phased roll out, 92 per cent of those aged 45+ and over have been invited to have a vaccine, compared to 38 per cent of those under 44.
For the purpose of comparison between April 2021 and October 2020 waves, the following data on vaccine hesitancy has been based on unvaccinated adults aged 18-44.
Almost two thirds (63%) of the unvaccinated population will definitely accept a vaccine, a 22 ppt increase from October 2020; and 21 per cent are unsure leaning towards yes. Women have seen one of the largest falls in hesitancy across the dataset, with just over 1 in 4 more likely to definitely accept a vaccine compared to the previous wave. Vaccine take-up is now consistent for men and women.
Data also shows that 3 in 5 adults aged 18-44 are yet to receive an invitation to be inoculated. Among this population, in both age groups 25-34 and 35-44, 84 per cent say they would definitely or unsure but leaning towards having the vaccine. For those aged 18-24 it is 85 per cent. Vaccine confidence is up between 21 and 24 per cent for these age groups compared to October last year.
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