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Vaccine Doubts Now Drop to 23% Due to Rise in Covid-19 Cases: Survey | India News


NEW DELHI: As the second wave of Covid-19 strengthens in India, the percentage of the country’s population that is willing to receive the jab has skyrocketed to 77%. With more than 80,000 daily cases and vaccinations for more than 45 years (without any comorbidity) as of April 1, levels of vaccinations have dropped sharply, according to a LocalCircles survey.
The percentage of the population willing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine has increased from 38% to 77% in 75 days, after the start of the vaccination campaign in India. The decline accelerated further after the country began to witness an increase in Covid cases, beginning in mid-March with the number of daily cases increasing from 16,000 on March 14 to more than 80,000 on April 2.
The latest survey conducted by the community social media platform on March 1 reported that 36% were still hesitant to take the Covid-19 vaccine right away.
More than 7 million doses of vaccine have been administered nationwide.
The survey, conducted in almost 11,500 people from 299 districts, where almost half of the respondents were from Tier 1 cities. Approximately 27% of respondents belonged to Tier 2 and 25% from Tier 3, 4 and districts rural.
Vaccine hesitancy appears to have fallen to an all time low, in part because a growing number of people now have someone on their social network who has received the vaccine.
About 52% of people who took the vaccine did not experience any type of side effect, according to the survey. People who took the Covid-19 injection may have mild to moderate side effects such as fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, and pain at the injection site. About 2% reported serious side effects beyond fever, body aches, and arm pain. More serious or long-lasting side effects from vaccines are possible, but extremely rare.
With sufficient supply of doses available, India must now consider opening up vaccination for the population aged 18 to 45, it adds.

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