Indians trust Covid vaccine the most, 80% willing to get inoculated: Global survey

NEW DELHI: Over one million people have been administered shots of Covid-19 vaccine in India in less than a week since the nationwide vaccination drive began in the country.
The vaccination drive began on a high note when the country administered shots to over 2 lakh people in a single day, setting the first day global record.
However, over the course of the week, there were multiple reports on vaccine-related hesitancy among health workers.
In several states, many healthcare workers have either failed to turn up or refused to get vaccinated in the first week of the pan-India drive.
This is due to reasons such as glitches in the CoWin app, apprehensions about Covaxin in the absence of stage 3 trial data and general concerns over side-effects which are expected in the initial stages of the programme.
But compared to other countries, Indians are among the most trusting when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines, according to a latest survey.
As many as eight in 10 Indians are willing to roll up their sleeves for a Covid vaccine shot, according to a survey by Edelman PR’s Trust Barometer 2021.
Among 28 countries, including the US, UK, Germany and Russia, India recorded the highest percentage of people who trust the Covid-19 vaccine.
The survey said that around 51% Indians are ready to take the vaccine as soon as possible while 29% said they would get inoculated within six months to one year.
It revealed that vaccine hesitancy in India is far lower than several Western nations, including the worst-affected United States.
In the US, only 59% people said they are willing to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Whereas in China, the country where the coronavirus originated, 74% respondents said they are willing to get inoculated.
The findings revealed that Russians were the most averse to Covid vaccines, with only 4 out of 10 respondents willing to get vaccinated.

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