November 27, 2021

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11.5 crore Indian adults currently hesitant to take Covid vaccine: Survey

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11.5 crore Indian adults currently hesitant to take Covid vaccine: Survey
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11.5 crore Indian adults currently hesitant to take Covid vaccine: Survey
11.5 crore Indian adults currently hesitant to take Covid vaccine: Survey

NEW DELHI: With a steady decline in the daily Covid-19 caseload in India and a third wave not having hit in September-October, as was predicted by experts, approximately 4.5 crore Indian adults, who had earlier ready to get vaccinated have become “hesitant”, stated a survey.
The vaccine hesitancy survey, conducted by LocalCircles, in early-October had found around 7.04 crore people to be hesitant. This percentage has now increased to 11.59 crore. To understand if anything has changed in the last 30 days, LocalCircles conducted another survey, which received 10,189 responses from citizens residing in 309 districts of India. Of this, 62% respondents were men while 38% respondents were women; 42% respondents were from tier 1, 29% from tier 2 and 29% respondents were from tier 3, 4 and rural districts.
Of those who haven’t taken vaccine yet, 23% are willing to take it soon while another 16% may take it down the road as more vaccines/variant efficacy data emerge, the survey stated.
Breaking down the poll, 15% of citizens do not plan to take the vaccine at all. Meanwhile, 23% are hesitant to take the vaccine yet due to uncertainty regarding side effects, whereas another 23% of citizens believe they are unable to take the vaccine due to their prevailing medical condition. In all 61% of the unvaccinated adults can be classified as those hesitant to take the vaccine.
As per survey findings, of the unvaccinated population of 19 crore in India, 4.37 crore people may take the vaccine in the near future and 3.04 crore citizens may take it once more data and vaccines become available. On an aggregate basis, it is estimated that 11.59 crore citizens are currently not inclined to take the vaccine. It is this population that must be the target of all vaccine awareness, sensitisation and information drives.
Vaccine hesitancy has been cited as one of the top 10 global health challenges by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Vaccine hesitancy rate in India saw a dip after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country in April-May this year.
The rise in vaccine hesitancy can also be attributed to zero compliance of Covid protocols in rural India, the survey said.
India has administered close to 114 crore doses in just 11 months, and has, however, handled the hesitancy issue reasonably well. According to government data, India has inoculated 38.11 crore citizens with both jabs and 37.45 crore are partially vaccinated. The country currently has 25 crore vaccine doses in stock.

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