‘84pc people interested to take vaccine’

Staff Correspondent

27 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A study has found that 84 percent people in the country are interested in receiving vaccine against coronavirus at some stages.

The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) of Dhaka University and Bangladesh Como Modeling Team jointly conducted the study on people's attitude toward Covid-19 vaccines between January 10 and 25.

Some 3,560 randomly-selected people above 18 years from 16 upazilas of eight districts in eight divisions, Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation responded to the study.

Lead researcher Syed Abdul Hamid, a professor of the IHE, said the study showed that 32 percent people showed interest in taking the vaccine immediately.

The remaining 52 percent respondents of the study wanted to take the vaccine doses after observing its effectiveness.

Some 34 percent doubted its side effects while 12 percent doubted the vaccine itself. “Some 16 percent people are not interested in taking the vaccine against Covid-19,” Abdul Hamid told the Daily Sun.

Rural people are more interested in taking the vaccine as the study found that 87 percent of the respondents from rural areas showed interest in taking the vaccine while it was 80 percent in the city area.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the vaccination programme on Wednesday and the nationwide vaccination will start on February 7.

Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque said the government will bear expense of treatment if any side effect is found after giving the vaccine to people.

The vaccine recipients will remain under observation for around 30 minutes after giving the vaccine at vaccine centres.

The government has already received a total 70 lakh Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccines from India. The government has also made a priority list of vaccine recipients and will give vaccine to all people in phases, the health ministry sources said.