Poll says nearly half of Poles do not want to vaccinate against Covid-19

The main reason that Poles do not want to get vaccinated, according to the poll, is their concern over the new vaccine's potential side effects (69 percent), whereas the effectiveness of the vaccine was also mentioned (25 percent). [illustrative photo] Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Nearly 50 percent of Poles will shun the Covid-19 vaccination, according to a new opinion poll.

The CBOS poll published on Friday put the number of people who said they will not get the jab, at 47 percent, 11 percent more than the number of those willing to get vaccinated.

The poll came out on the same day the government provided details of a mass voluntary vaccination programme it aims to start early next year.

The main reason that Poles do not want to get vaccinated, according to the poll, is their concern over the new vaccine's potential side effects (69 percent), whereas the effectiveness of the vaccine was also mentioned (25 percent).

Close to one in three said they did not want the vaccination because, in general, they avoided them. Less frequent in this context was the argument that Covid-19 was not a serious disease (11 percent), that the vaccine was too expensive (6 percent) or that they had already been infected by the coronavirus (4 percent).

A small proportion of those surveyed indicated other reasons (6 percent), the most common of which were issues related to a lack of trust in the new vaccine (almost one-third of responses).

The study was carried out on November 5-15, 2020, on a random representative sample of 1,052 adult Poles.