Indian women highest among all to accept Covid vaccine

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The world over Covid-19 vaccination drive has started momentum. However, some people are still sceptic whether to take vaccination. In the present scenario, an International survey found that Covid-19 vaccine acceptance is higher among Indian women in the world.

The Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health held the survey and results published online in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

In the survey, the researchers said that about 18,000 women in 16 countries participated. They answered to questions about a hypothetical safe and free Covid-19 vaccine with 90 per cent efficacy. The survey showed that above 60 per cent of the pregnant women in India, Latin American countries and Philippines said that they would accept the vaccine. It showed that 78 per cent of the non-pregnant women in these countries would go for vaccination. The results showed that 75 per cent of the mothers in India, Latin American countries and the Philippines would vaccinate their children as well.

As per the survey, only 52 per cent of the pregnant women worldwide said that they would take the vaccine. However, 73 percent of non-pregnant women accepted taking vaccine doses. It showed that only 69 per cent of the women would vaccinate their children against Covid 19.

Women in Russia and the US showed much reluctance to the vaccine. The survey said that below 45 per cent among pregnant women would take the vaccine. Among non- pregnant women, below 56 per cent said they would get the vaccine.

Meanwhile, senior author of the paper Julia Wu said that vaccine hesitancy was multifaceted. The researcher pointed out that the perceived threat of Covid-19, existing pre- Covid -19 vaccine attitudes and level of trust in public health agencies played key roles in building confidence about the vaccine.

The pregnant women were a bit concerned about exposing their baby to possible harmful side effects. This was because of the fear that the vaccine was rushed for political reasons and lacked safety and effectiveness data in pregnant women.

The Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health conducted the survey between late October and mid-November 2020.



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