BARRY, WALES - MARCH 02: A health worker prepares the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine vaccine at a mass vaccination centre at Holm View Leisure Centre on March 2, 2021 in Barry, Wales. One million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered across Wales and more than one in three of the Welsh adult population have received at least one dose. Wales aims to have offered vaccinations to every eligible adult by July 31. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Around 9 in 10 (91%) adults reported positive sentiment towards the Covid vaccine, according to a report out this morning from the Office of National Statistics.

However around 1 in 6 (17%) adults aged 16 to 29 years reported vaccine hesitancy, the highest of all age groups and more than  4 in 10 (44%) Black or Black British adults reported vaccine hesitancy, this was the highest of all ethnic groups.

The report also found that around 1 in 6 (16%) adults in the most deprived areas of England  reported vaccine hesitancy, compared with 7% of adults in the least deprived areas of England.

“Side effects”, “long term effects on health” and “how well the vaccine works” were the top three reasons for reporting negative sentiment towards the vaccine, the report found.

“Over the past three months, we’ve seen people become increasingly positive about the COVID-19 vaccines, with over nine in ten adults saying they would have it if offered, or having already had it. Of those who are hesitant about receiving the vaccine, it’s younger and black adults who are most likely to say this, with concerns around side effects, long term effects and how well the vaccine works being the most common reasons.” said Tim Vizard, Public Policy Analysis, Office for National Statistics


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