Pune: Several people skirt Covid shots fearing side-effects, death, says Survey | Pune News

PUNE: A survey of 11,548 people in the district has found that worries about side-effects and “fear of death” were primary reasons for skipping Covid jabs.
The survey – across Haveli and Velhe talukas – was carried out by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Janaseva Foundation. Nearly 10% of the respondents were unvaccinated while 23.2% had only received one dose of the Covid vaccine. Some 18% of participants said that they were “planning to get vaccinated”. “The most common reason for hesitancy in all age groups was worry about side-effects and fear of death,” Shalini Bassi, research scientist from the PHFI told TOI. Dr Subhash Salunke, a PHFI advisor and member of the national Covid task force, said the survey results can be generalised to other geographies in India. “Those from the 60+ group gave multiple reasons like vulnerability due to age and underlying illnesses for vaccine hesitancy. They feared the vaccine would be a threat to their lives.”
Bassi said many aged 60 and above even said they did not need the vaccine because of their age.
She said, “Apart from this, 0.5% of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated from both age groups (45-59 and 60+) said they were comorbid and therefore couldn’t take the risk of getting vaccinated.”

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