A quarter of Londoners don’t want a coronavirus vaccine or are unlikely to get one, according to a new survey.
Almost half of Londoners who might choose to not get a coronavirus vaccine either do not trust Government advice or drug companies, the Assembly found.
The online poll of more than 700 people showed those aged 45 to 54 were most likely to say they might not get vaccinated. Seventy per cent of residents who would get a jab get their news from local or national papers, radio or TV channels, whilst more than half of those who would not get the jab follow the news on YouTube.
The level of vaccination needed to create ‘herd immunity’ varies by disease, according to the World Health Organisation. For measles, 19 out of 20 people must be vaccinated. For polio it is four in five.
London is already below the national average for vaccine uptake: last year, 88% of children had the six-in-one vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, influenza and hepatitis-B by the time they were a year old, compared to 92% across England.
More than half of Londoners question whether the NHS can successfully roll out a vaccine if and when it becomes available. And the London Assembly today warned that the capital could struggle to create coronavirus immunity if residents resist a vaccine.
Dr Onkar Sahota, health committee chairman, said work to ensure that residents feel confident getting a jab will play a “vital part” in tackling coronavirus.
“It is going to be all hands to the pump to deliver an effective national vaccination programme,” he said.
“A large part of this will be combatting the kind of myths and conspiracies we have seen around vaccines for far too long, which are now widely spreading across social media platforms.