Majority want their children inoculated against Covid: poll

Majority want their children inoculated against Covid: poll

Youngsters are injected with the Pfizer vaccine at Vajira Hospital on Sept 21, 2021. The jabs are being given to those aged 12-18 with underlying illnesses first. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Youngsters are injected with the Pfizer vaccine at Vajira Hospital on Sept 21, 2021. The jabs are being given to those aged 12-18 with underlying illnesses first. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

A majority of people agree with the Education Ministry's policy to give Covid-19 vaccines to students aged 12 and over, allowing them to return to schools as soon as possible, according to an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online between Sept 27-30 on 1,089 people with children attending schools throughout the country.

A majority -- 75.44% -- of the respondents agreed with the policy, while 24.56% disagreed.

Asked whether they were ready to allow their children to be vaccinated, a majority or 61.43%, said "yes"; 26.17% said they would rather wait for q while; and 12.40% said "no".

Asked to predict the possible results of the children being inoculated, 46% said the favourable results would outweigh the unfavourable; 40.96% said the outcomes would be equally favourable and unfavourable; and 12.30% said there would be more unfavourable than favourable results.

Asked where their children should be vaccinated, 64.13% said they should be vaccinated at schools; 17.02% said they should be taken to get vaccine shots at hospitals; 10.19% said they should be taken by their parents to a vaccination centre; and 8.66% said the schools should arrange for them to get Covid-19 jabs at a vaccination centre.

Asked about their concerns over the inoculation of children aged 12-17, with each respondent allowed to choose more than one answer, 77.59% said they worried about side-effects; 69.42% were concerned about side-effects in the long run; 62.08% wondered who would take responsibility for any unusual effects; 61.89% worried about the efficacy of vaccines; and 47.20% worried about children's health conditions before being inoculated.

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