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The coronavirus: fears and vaccination

The attitude of Russians towards contracting the coronavirus has stabilized. More than a half (57%) fear of getting infected, 41% do not. The differences from October data are minor. Men are significantly less afraid of getting infected than women (47% and 64% accordingly). The level of fear is higher among older age groups.

Do you fear contracting the coronavirus?

Feb.20Mar.20Apr.20July.20Oct.20Dec.20
Definitely yes112026223129
Probably yes192431273328
Probably not352921241921
Definitely not332520251520
This is the first time I have heard of this<1
It is difficult to say122323
SexAge
 OverallMaleFemale18-24 y.o.25-39 y.o.40-54 y.o.55 y.o. and older
Definitely yes29223415222739
Probably yes28253030232931
Probably not21241828272213
Definitely not20251522262014
It is difficult to say3436334

Although, the vaccination has started, the Russians’ enthusiasm has not grown in comparison to summer and autumn. Only 38% of Russians are ready to get a vaccine, in October and August those numbers were 36% and 38% accordingly. 58% still are not ready to get vaccinated, even for free. Older respondents show more enthusiasm about getting vaccinated.

Among those, who approve Putin, a relative majority is ready to get a vaccination. Among the opponents the vast majority is not ready to vaccinate.

The desire to vaccinate is steadily higher in age groups older than 40 among those, who speak about television as a main source of information. Active Internet users among all age groups prefer to abstain from vaccination.

The vaccination against the coronavirus has started with the domestic vaccine Sputnik-V. Are you personally ready to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if the vaccine is free and voluntary?

Aug.20Oct.20Dec.20
Yes383638
No545958
I am against any vaccination/inoculation21
It is difficult to say654
SexAgeApproval of Putin
 MaleFemale18-24 y.o.25-39 y.o.40-54 y.o.55 y.o. and olderApproveDisapprove
yes3937332540485019
no5659677056474677
It is difficult to say54045544
ARE YOU AFRAID OF CONTRACTING THE CORONAVIRUS?
ARE YOU PERSONALLY READY TO GET VACCINATED BY SPUTNIK V?Definitely yesProbably yesProbably notDefinitely notIt is difficult to say
Yes4946262623
No4650707170
It is difficult to say64536

Among the most popular reasons for refusal to get vaccinated is the aspiration to wait till the end of the vaccine trial (30%) and the fear of side effects (26%). 12% have contraindications for vaccination, 12% more do not see the point of vaccination.

Why are not you ready to get vaccinated by Sputnik V? Choose the main reason (as %% of those, who answered)

It is needed to wait till the end of all trials30
I fear side effects of the vaccination29
I have contraindications12
There is no point in getting vaccinated12
I am against any vaccination10
Other6
It is difficult to say1

This survey was conducted December 21–23, 2020, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1617 people aged 18 or older. The survey was conducted as a telephone interview (CATI) on a random sample (RDD) of personal phone numbers and landlines. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the total number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error is below 2,4%.

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