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Reason for not wanting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK in 2020, by age

In December 2020, a survey carried out in the UK found that 61 percent of respondents who indicated they did not want to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 are unwilling to do so because they are worried about unknown side effects of the vaccine. Furthermore, 15 percent of those skeptical of receiving the vaccine don't believe it will be effective.

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Share of selected reasons why people indicated they do not want to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, as of December 2020

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Release date

December 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

December 16 to 17, 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Respondents who do not want a COVID-19 vaccine

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Weighted base.
Question was worded in the source as: "You have indicated that you do not want to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Why do you not want to take a COVID-19 vaccine?" Multiple responses possible

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