Over 80% of Thais worry about COVID-19 vaccine side effects, but most want inoculation – Suan Dusit Poll

More than 80% of Thai respondents to a Suan Dusit Poll are worried about the potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, but over 65% still want to be inoculated, once any side effects are known.

Suan Dusit University polled 1,570 subjects, between January 22nd and 29th, on their opinions about the various COVID-19 vaccines currently becoming available.

The poll also shows:

  • 88% are confident that, after inoculation, they will be protected against the virus.
  • 83% say that they still need to take precautions after inoculation.
  • 27% say they have heard of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while 52.55% say they know of the AstraZeneca version.

Dr. Witthawat Rattanathavorn, of the Science and Technology Faculty at Suan Dusit University, said that the opinion poll results show the majority of Thais are interested in and keep themselves updated about information on COVID-19 vaccines, such as their price, efficacy and side effects.

He added that it is the responsibility of relevant agencies to explain to the public the efficacy and safety of each of the vaccine produced by the various pharmaceutical firms.


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