Survey shows 40% of Irish people will not accept a Covid-19 vaccine

Survey shows 40% of Irish people will not accept a Covid-19 vaccine

FORTY per cent of people in Ireland are unlikely to accept a coronavirus vaccination when one becomes available, according to a new survey.

On Monday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that they have developed a vaccine that has shown to be 90% effective against Covid-19, and hopes are high that doses can be rolled out across the globe en masse around the new year.

But a survey conducted by DMG Media suggests that nearly half of all people in Ireland aren't especially excited by the news.

Their research showed that 40% of respondents said they would not accept a Pfizer's vaccination, even if it was endorsed by the Government.

44% of respondents however said that they would be willing to get the vaccine, while 16% admitted that they weren't sure whether they would accept it or not.

Health experts in Ireland have warned that despite news of an impending vaccine, the public mustn't lose focus in the fight against coronavirus.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned that it was "too early to celebrate" and that we must all continue to adhere to public health guidance to stand the best chance of crushing the virus down the line.

Pfizer's vaccine isn't 100% effective in all cases and Government's around the world are warning the public that the vaccine won't be a 'once and for all' cure to the virus.