While scepticism surrounding COVID-19 vaccines has been running high in Austria throughout the pandemic, a new study conducted by the University of Vienna, shows a increase in the percentage of people willing to get vaccinated.
The survey showed that in mid-December 2020 only 32% of the Austrian population said that they are planning on getting vaccinated, while 32% also stated that they were unwilling to be vaccinated in the near future.
However trust in the vaccine is on the increase. By April, only 19% stated that they would refuse the vaccine, more than 22% of the population had already received a jab and another 37% said they were planning on getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
Political scientist Katharina Paul expects that the number of people willing to be vaccinated is likely to continue to rise due to the incentive system that the Austrian government introduced last week.
Vaccinated people are given a “Green Pass”, which allows them to visit restaurants, hotels or cultural facilities without the need for a negative test result.
To reach herd immunity, between 70% and 80% of the population would have to be vaccinated. (Oliver Noyan | EURACTIV.de)