Worrying number of Irish people say they won't get Covid-19 vaccine if one is found
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Worrying number of Irish people say they won't get Covid-19 vaccine if one is found

A CONCERNING proportion of people in Ireland have said they won't get a coronavirus vaccine if one is eventually found.

According to a survey conducted for the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), over a quarter (17%) of Irish people admitted they would be unlikely to get the vaccine.

A further 10% of respondents said they're unsure.

The survey follows on from a similar study in April which suggested that just one in ten people in Ireland would choose not to get the vaccine.

Despite the concerning figures, the Ipsos MRBI survey - which was published on Monday - revealed that over half of the people in Ireland (52%) said they're very likely to get a potential vaccine, with another 21% saying they would be fairly likely.

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Meanwhile, the study also showed that four in five people believe that a vaccine would eventually be found, but over 60% of respondents thought that it wouldn't be available until at least 2021.

One in four said they believed a vaccine wouldn't be found until 2022 at the earliest.

Despite the high amount of people saying they wouldn't be getting vaccinated, it appears trust, or lack thereof, in medical professionals isn't the reason why. 94% of respondents said that they trust doctors and nurses with the facts about vaccines, while 91% admitted that they trust healthcare experts on the issue too.

The survey results are based on 979 phone interviews conducted between June 15-30.