23 March 2021
A 4insight survey, commissioned by the Government of Jersey, has gathered feedback and views from Islanders regarding advice and communications in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations, and government public health guidelines.
Over two thousand Islanders shared their views through online and telephone surveys between 29 January and 15 February 2021.
The following information was collated:
- 83% positively supported getting the vaccine
- 17% felt hesitant towards getting the vaccine
- 85% support getting the vaccine to protect themselves
- 88% support getting the vaccine to protect the community
- 94% said they are complying with all COVID-19 restrictions
- 65% believe other Islanders are complying with all COVID-19 restrictions
The data shows that there is a high positive sentiment locally towards the COVID-19 vaccine. The Office for National Statistics reports that the UK's hesitancy rate recently decreased from 22% to 6% when data was collected between 24 February to 28 February 2021, compared to when data was first collected in December 2020.
The main reasons given for vaccine hesitancy are:
- concerns about side-effects
- beliefs that they are not at risk from COVID-19
- vaccine perceived as not effective
- against vaccines in general
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: "It is good news to see that Islanders are feeling positive towards getting the COVID-19 vaccine,
"The data that has been gathered is informative and helps us with the ongoing roll out of communication regarding vaccinations. I thank everyone who took part in the survey."
The survey was conducted by 4insight with the support of a team of behavioural scientists from INFLUENCE AT WORK who are currently working with the Government of Jersey.
CEO of INFLUENCE AT WORK, Steve Martin, said: "One of the biggest influences on how we think and act, is how those around us are thinking and acting. Our survey clearly shows that the majority of Islanders will get their vaccine when it is their turn. It also provides clear confirmation of the widely held view that being vaccinated protects not just ourselves, but our friends, family and fellow Islanders too."
Public health will use the data to inform ongoing policy and communications.