Published on 11 February 2021
A year ago, COVID-19 drastically changed our lives and the return to normalcy is still quite a while out of reach. Three months ago, vaccines began to offer some perspective. Enthusiasm for them has continued to grow systematically among the population, but supply difficulties are shaking up vaccination planning. Added to this are the uncertainties about the severity of the new variants, their possible resistance to vaccines and the uncertainty about passing on infection after vaccination. In short, the situation has become more complex. The motivation to follow the restrictive measures requested by the authorities is weakening and confidence in the policy to control the pandemic is showing signs of erosion.
Using the Motivational Barometer study, UGent, ULB and UCLouvain examined citizens' confidence in the upcoming vaccination campaigns. A total of 9,253 respondents took part between 2 and 8 February 2021. The majority of respondents are French-speaking (66%) and female (61%), with an average age of 51. About 35% have a bachelor's degree and 30% a master's degree. About 21% of the respondents are sure that they are not affected by the disease, while 62% have no precise idea. 6% of NL and 12% of FR report having been ill. At this stage, 2,3% of FR respondents and 3,7% of NL respondents declare to have been vaccinated.
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