Low Willingness To Vaccinate Among Highly Educated and Medical Personnel on the Mainland China

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One of the main reasons for the rather slow pace of vaccination in China is that many people on the mainland question the safety and efficacy of domestically produced vaccines. According to a recent survey done by the China CDC and Zhejiang CDC, the willingness to vaccinate is generally low among highly educated people and medical personnel.

On February 18, China Vaccine and Immunization, a journal of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published “Survey on the willingness and influencing factors of vaccination against novel coronavirus (CCP virus) among health care workers in Zhejiang Province”. This survey was jointly sponsored by the China CDC and Zhejiang CDC, and was conducted from September to October 2020, targeting 756 medical and CDC staff at Zhejiang, province, city and county levels.

Of these, 70% are mostly from urban or suburban areas, and nearly 30% are from the countryside. 3.31%, 77.78% and 18.91% for secondary school and below, college or university, and master’s degree and above, respectively.

The survey showed that 42.46% of this group expressed willingness to be vaccinated for the government-promoted emergency use of the vaccine, with lower willingness among women with master’s degrees and above, and medical personnel. Mainland media analysis, this may be because the highly educated people know and receive more information.

As for the use of the vaccine after its release, only 27.65% said they would receive it voluntarily. The most common concern of those who did not want to be vaccinated was “side effects of the vaccine” (57.69%), followed by “doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine” (34.14%).

Bloomberg recently reported that China appears to be slower than Western countries in implementing vaccinations, one reason being that the public generally questions the safety and effectiveness of domestic vaccines on the mainland.

According to statistics, as of Feb. 5, a total of 31.2 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in mainland China, equivalent to only 2 doses per 100 people, which is lower than the 3 doses per 100 people in Europe, 10 doses per 100 people in the United States, and far less than the nearly 60 doses per 100 people in Israel. At the current rate of vaccination, it will take another five and a half years for China to reach theoretical herd immunity, much slower than the 11 months in the United States and the six months in the United Kingdom.

According to the report, Chinese vaccine manufacturers have been criticized and questioned for their lack of data and information on vaccine safety and efficacy, as well as for their lack of public information. People on the mainland, including health care workers, are worried about becoming lab rats. Given the consistent scandals of shoddy domestic vaccines in the past, many people would rather wait for foreign vaccines to be available in China before receiving them.

Source: Epoch Times

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