The main obstacle to mass vaccination is the reluctance of citizens to get vaccinated.
In the United States, a study was conducted examining the correlation between initial resistance to vaccination and whether the vaccine was eventually vaccinated.
Theodora Psaltopoulou, Panos Malandrakis, Yannis Danasis and Thanos Dimopoulos (Rector of EKPA) summarize a relevant recent publication in the JAMA magazine, doctors of the therapeutic clinic of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Theodora Psaltopoulou.
4654 people took part in the sociological research, of which 59% were women. Among those who had doubts about vaccination in the beginning, during the study period up to 4/2021, 32% took 1 or more doses of vaccine, 37% believed that vaccination would be possible in the near future, and 32% believed that they would not be vaccinated. …
In contrast, of those who were initially prepared to be vaccinated, 54% received at least one dose, 39% believed they would complete the vaccination, and 7% “leave it as it is.”
University graduates are more willing to get vaccinated
Vaccination readiness was higher among university graduates than among non-graduates (76% vs. 65%)
Among those who were a candidate for vaccination and refused to get it at some point, 51% still received at least one dose of the vaccine, 22% considered it possible to get vaccinated completely and 27% – completely unlikely.
It has been observed that resistance to vaccination is not constant over time, but varies. From late 2020 to early 2021, the percentage of antivaxers declined, as 32% of the hesitant were eventually vaccinated and 37% changed their minds from unwillingness to get vaccinated to being ready to get vaccinated in the near future.