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Flattening the Curve of COVID-19 Vaccine Rejection—An International Overview

Department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy, Medical University of Warsaw, 02-091 Warsaw, Poland
Department of Criminalistics, University of Warsaw, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland
ARC Rynek i Opinia, Market Research Institute, 01-627 Warsaw, Poland
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Vaccines 2021, 9(1), 44;
Received: 29 November 2020 / Revised: 8 January 2021 / Accepted: 10 January 2021 / Published: 13 January 2021
Background: If globally implemented, a safe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program will have broad clinical and socioeconomic benefits. However, individuals who anticipate that the coronavirus vaccine will bring life back to normality may be disappointed, due to the emerging antivaccination attitude within the general population. Methods: We surveyed a sample of adult Polish citizens (n = 1066), and compared it with the data on international COVID-19 vaccine reluctance. Results: In 20 national surveys, the vaccine averseness for the anticipated COVID-19 vaccine varied from meager (2–6% China) to very high (43%, Czech Republic, and 44%, Turkey) and in most countries was much higher than regular vaccination reluctance, which varies between 3% (Egypt) and 55% (Russia). Conclusions: These results suggest that a 67% herd immunity may be possible only if mandatory preventive vaccination programs start early and are combined with coordinated education efforts supported by legislative power and social campaigns. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; vaccines; vaccine hesitancy; herd immunity COVID-19; vaccines; vaccine hesitancy; herd immunity
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