Vaccine acceptance high in developing countries, research finds

Vaccine acceptance high in developing countries, research finds

The research, which centers on vaccine acceptance and hesitancy, covered tens of thousands of respondents from various middle and low-income countries.

Experts always emphasize that COVID-19 vaccines will not end the pandemic, but vaccinations will. This is why officials continue to urge the public to get the jabs, and increase the vaccine acceptance rate globally.

As it happens, hesitancy toward the vaccines has become one of the growing crises amid the pandemic. Several factors are driving the dynamic, but it is misinformation that seemingly plays a huge role.

Despite these conclusions, a new study finds that willingness to get vaccinated is more apparent in several low and middle-income countries. This is in comparison to the rate in the United States and Russia.

Vaccine acceptance ratings

The research, which Nature Medicine published on July 16, provides an insight into vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in various middle and low-income countries. The Cornell Chronicle recently shared and reiterated the significant parts of the study, emphasizing the comparison of the ratings.

As noted, 80 percent of the respondents across middle and low-income countries were willing to get the COVID-19 jabs. Meanwhile, the acceptance rate is only 65 percent and 30 percent in the United States and Russia, respectively.

The reason behind the high vaccine acceptance in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) centered mainly on personal protection. 91 percent of the respondents reportedly said so. On the other hand, “concern about side effects” was the common factor for hesitancy.

About the study and its findings

About the study and its findings

As per the publications, the study comes at a “critical juncture,” especially these days when vaccine distribution is still a problem to the rest of the globe. Alongside this, COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge in many parts of the world.

Accordingly, the research suggests that “prioritizing vaccine distribution” to LMCI “should yield high returns in expanding global immunization coverage.”

Global COVID-19 vaccinations

Despite the high acceptance rate, only 1.1 percent of people in low-income nations have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The figures are from Our World In Data, which also adds that only 13.2 percent of the world population have completed their vaccinations.

Since December, 3.73 billion doses have been administered around the globe. This equates to about 26.6 percent of the overall population, receiving at least a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To date, vaccine acceptance and hesitancy continue to be a concern for experts and officials. This has led many governments to make vaccinations mandatory in some sectors of their respective populations.

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