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In Urban India, 41% Want to Wait a Few Months Before Taking COVID-19 Vaccine

In the capital Delhi, 53% of people scheduled to receive the shot attended in the first three days of the campaign.

A medic vaccinates a healthworker with Covishield vaccine at Thane Civil Hospital. Photo: PTI

This week saw the commencement of the Indian vaccination campaign aiming to immunise 300 million people by the summer. A locally produced version of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and a local product, Covaxin, are used in the drive. According to a survey by YouGov India, only 8% of the country’s population said it was unlikely that they would accept the vaccination, but that is only half the story.

In a separate question, a whopping 41% of urban Indians said they would want to wait a few months before receiving the shot to make sure it was safe – despite the urgency to act in the pandemic that is still spreading worldwide. Only a third of Indians said they wanted to get vaccinated right away. According to Al Jazeera, only one third of people invited to receive a vaccine at its launch showed up. In the capital Delhi, 53% of people scheduled to receive the shot attended in the first three days of the campaign.

Infographic: Will Indians Pump the Brakes on Vaccinations? | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista, where this article was originally published.