Belgians need a vaccine

Approximately 1 in 6 Belgians do not want to be vaccinated against coronavirus, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos on behalf of Het Nieuwsblad.

Of the nearly 1700 people questioned, only 36% want to get the vaccine as soon as possible, 47% not immediately and 17% never.

The survey also reveals striking differences between the desire for immediate vaccination across the regions:

Flanders, 42% want to be vaccinated immediately,
Brussels 36%,
Wallonia 25%

Belgium has also displayed a strong regional divide towards potential vaccination, with 1 in 10 in Flanders saying they will not get it compared to a quarter of those in Wallonia.

Those against vaccinations have a collection of concerns, with 71% saying they feel the side effects are unclear. Additionally, 43% do not want it because the vaccine has not been sufficiently tested and 30% because the vaccine was developed in too short a time.

The study did find, however, that over-65s want to be vaccinated as quickly as possible (54%), with the least enthusiasm for rapid vaccination being found in the 25-34 age group (22%).

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