If there were an efficient vaccination against coronavirus, every second person in Switzerland would take it, says a survey. Men would be more likely to do so than women.This content was published on October 4, 2020 - 11:18
Some 54% of respondents said they would get vaccinated, 41% said they would not, and 5% did not commit themselves, according to a representative survey published on Sunday by the SonntagsZeitung and Le Matin Dimanche. It was carried out online at the end of September among around 15,300 people nationwide.
While 61% of the men questioned were in favour of vaccination, only 48% of the women were.
Of those over 65, who are more vulnerable, 70% would agree to be vaccinated, while only 45% of those aged 18-35 would agree to it.
Those on the political left were most likely to be willing to be vaccinated, with two-thirds of Social Democrat voters saying they would get the jab. However, the proportion of those who would be vaccinated was still 41% among supporters of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party.
Around two-thirds of the respondents came from German-speaking Switzerland, almost a quarter from French-speaking Switzerland, and the rest from Italian-speaking Ticino. The survey was conducted between September 24-27.
Comparing this survey result to numbers published by the World Economic Forum last month shows that worldwide, Switzerland is among the countries with the lowest rates of Covid-19 vaccine acceptance. (The survey methodologies were slightly different).
On September 18 Switzerland confirmed its participation in the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative aimed at ensuring equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines when they are approved. It will thereby secure vaccines for 20% of the population.
The aim is to procure two billion doses of vaccines from a range of manufacturers by the end of 2021.
Switzerland will contribute CHF20 million ($22 million), the government said. In addition, so-called self-financing countries – that is, higher-income countries such as Switzerland – may contribute additional funds to secure Covid-19 vaccines for their own populations.
Switzerland has also signed a contract with the US firm Moderna Therapeutics for the purchase of 4.5 million doses of vaccine and is talking to other vaccine manufacturers.