University Survey: 42% of Greeks intend to be vaccinated

What does the data of the Athens University of Economics and Business survey show about how Greeks think about the COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown and the vaccine?

42% of Greeks intend to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the survey.

According to the results of the survey – which involved people of all ages, from all over Greece and different socio-economic profiles – 63% of Greeks consider it possible that the vaccine will be available in the first half of 2021.

As Marina Psiloutsikou pointed out, most respondents comply with the restrictions imposed during the lockdown with 68% keeping their distance, 86% wearing a mask and 90% sending SMS, while 58% of Greeks only leave home when necessary.

Greek. Professor Marina Psiloutsikou from the Athens University of Economic and Business.
Professor Marina Psiloutsikou from the Athens University of Economic and Business.

“Women show a little more consistency while older respondents are significantly more consistent,” she commented on the observance of the measures.

Regarding masks, 63% of Greeks choose a fabric mask and one in three use the disposable, non-surgical version.

The availability of information on COVID-19 is reduced compared to April 2020, as is confidence.

According to Psiloutsikou, 38% are informed daily, while almost one in 10 is not informed at all.

Confidence in the state shows the largest decline with a percentage of 39% compared to 57% in April 2020.

“Women and older people are more positive about vaccinations,” said Psiloutsikou, adding that the possibility of providing a choice between vaccines from different companies “would be encouraging for those who are already positive about it.”

“Fear of side effects and doubts about its effectiveness are the main reasons for hesitation towards vaccination. However, one in three people in the population believe that the vaccine should be mandatory for everyone,” she said.

In terms of dealing with health issues, at least one in four have differentiated their behavior due to COVID-19.

Thus, Greeks during the two lockdowns have canceled or postponed examinations (25%), treatments (11%) and visits to the dentist (26%), avoid visiting a doctor for mild symptoms (22%) and have started or increased the consumption of vitamins (23%).