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Survey: Large Proportion of Hungarians Would Only Take Coronavirus Vaccine if Free

Fanni Kaszás 2020.10.06.

According to a survey by Ipsos, in Hungary, not only anti-vaccination and virus-skeptical views, but also the possible costs of the vaccine may hinder the widespread use of a vaccine for the coronavirus. The results show that in international comparison, Hungary has one of the lowest values for the expected use of the vaccine, with 56 out of 100 Hungarians.

A global Ipsos survey of nearly 20,000 adults from 27 countries on behalf of the World Economic Forum showed that 74% of the respondents would get a vaccine for COVID-19 if it were available. However, 59% do not expect this will be an option before the end of this year. The reason most commonly given by those who would not get a vaccine is worry about side effects (56%), followed by doubt about its effectiveness (29%).

The results show that in international comparison, Hungarians are more skeptical about the development of the COVID-19 virus vaccine in 2020 and its perceived effectiveness. In Hungary, not only anti-vaccination and virus-skeptical views, but also the possible costs of the vaccine may hinder the widespread use of an antidote to the coronavirus. The social strata most affected are in vain open to vaccination if the financial conditions are not in place.

photo: Ipsos global survey

A month ago, only 26% of the domestic population considered it realistic to introduce the vaccine to the market this year, compared to an estimated world average of 41%. A global survey of about 20,000 adult citizens found that both this year’s drug development and its operation are being questioned by the masses. Hungary also had one of the lowest values ​​for the expected use of the vaccine, with 56 out of 100 Hungarians stating at the end of the summer that they would be vaccinated with the antiviral drug, while the international average was significantly higher, standing at 74%. In the ranking of 27 countries surveyed, Hungary won the title of the third most “cautious” nation after Poland and Russia.

Fear of side effects was the main reason for rejection of a vaccine, but the mention of the above was an above-average questionable concern about the effectiveness of the vaccine and the actual danger of the coronavirus virus (i.e. a certain degree of antiviral and skeptical behavior) in Hungary.

Within the framework of the Omnibus research series, the Hungarian office of Ipsos carried out another Hungarian survey in October, with a slightly different focus than in September. Annamária Földes, research manager of the Ipsos Observer business unit said that “the primary goal of the research was a deeper understanding of international results, so Ipsos also tested the willingness to pay for the vaccine.” According to the October results, the proportion of those who will certainly reject the vaccine is 46%, but the group of those who are uncertain or avoid answering is also significant, standing at 12%.

The breakdown of the results by age group shows that the proportion of anti-vaccination respondents is stronger in Hungary in the below-50 category (49%). The elderly, especially those in the 50-59 age group, show the greatest openness to vaccination against the coronavirus. One in three members of this age group would be willing to pay for the vaccine (35%). Further socio-demographic studies reveal that higher willingness to pay can be measured among those with a college degree (50%), in Pest and Veszprém counties (41% and 40%), or, for example, those with high financial status (57%).

Ipsos Hungarian survey

Although the rejection of the vaccine is particularly low among adults over 60 years of age, adults with only primary school education, and in Bács-Kiskun, Somogy and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties, for example, this is not accompanied with a high willingness to pay. According to Földes, these population groups would expect the costs to be borne by the state the most.

As in previous months, Ipsos’ research has again focused on precautionary methods against the virus beyond the vaccine. According to the personal interview of 1,000 adult Hungarian citizens, there is no significant change in the previous practices of the population, and the frequency of wearing face masks as well as regular hand washing is still high, despite a slight decrease. At the same time, it is a warning sign that the slow five-month reorganization of the frequency of face-to-face meetings seems to be coming to a halt, as is the growing trend in domestic travel so far.

featured photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI