One in three respondents of a survey conducted in Greece say they will not vaccinate against Covid-19, when the vaccine will be made available for free.
According to the survey by polling company Pulse on behalf of Skai.gr on Thursday, 30% of respondents say that they will avoid the jab. Of those, 16% say they will certainly not vaccinate and 14% say they most likely will not vaccinate.
Overall, 64% say that they will certainly or likely vaccinate.
The vaccination of the general public in Greece will be voluntary. A public information campaign will kick off when the jabs are made available aiming to convince a sufficient number of people of the merits of vaccination. Only through widespread vaccination Greece will reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to stop the disease from spreading freely.
According to the survey, younger ages are the most skeptical regarding vaccination. Only four out of ten respondents in the 17-29 age group say they will vaccinate. The acceptance rate increases along with the age group, as seen in the diagram below:
Greek health authorities announced on Thursday that they detected 2,018 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours throughout the country, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 99,306.
They also announced that 608 patients are now intubated, which is a new record. 99 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours.