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Report on the Online Survey Results about the Attitude of Ukrainian Population to Vaccine Passports

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For more than 15 years, the end of April has been marked by the World Immunization Week – the initiative of the World Health Organization. This year, in addition to promoting routine immunization, World Immunization Week focused on COVID-19 vaccines and vaccinations. The campaign was highlighting the message “Vaccines bring us closer” and aimed to strengthen solidarity and trust in vaccination as a public good.

The European Union has also initiated the introduction of a “vaccine passport,” the so-called “Digital Green Certificate,” which should serve as proof of vaccination against Covid-19, a negative test result or a recent recovery.

To understand whether the introduction of a similar initiative in Ukraine might be appropriate, Promote Ukraine conducted an online survey of the population of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-speaking audience in general, about vaccine passports, their importance for guaranteeing or preserving democracy, and human rights and freedoms.

Survey Methodology: The survey was conducted from 26-29 April 2021 by means of the CAWI method and Google forms. The link to the survey was posted on the site of Promote Ukraine, Facebook, and has been mailed to the interested audience. The survey was taken by 627 respondents aged 18 and above.

Development of the survey tools and information processing have been provided by the Institute of Sociological Research at Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman.

The sociological data obtained is descriptive in nature and reflects the general attitude of the Ukrainian-speaking audience to vaccine passports, their importance for guarantee or preservation of democracy, and provision of human rights and freedoms.

The survey was completed by 672 respondents, 69,35% women and 30,65% men. The most active were the age categories from 41 to 55 years and from 29 to 40 years (44.79% and 40.77%, respectively).

17,26% of the respondents have been affected by COVID-19 (confirmed by laboratory tests), 23,51% have been also affected by COVID-19 having symptoms but without lab confirmation. 41,52%t of respondents did not experience COVID-19 and 17,71% were unsure.

Those closely surrounding (relatives, children, parents, colleagues, neighbors) 45,24% of respondents have been affected by COVID-19 (confirmed by laboratory tests), 15,63% of respondents mentioned that those closely surrounding them have been also affected by COVID-19, having symptoms but without lab confirmation. In 16,37% of answers, the relatives (children, parents), colleagues, neighbours of respondents did not experience COVID-19 and 9,97% are not sure about that. 12,80% of respondents preferred not to answer that question.

The tables below provide distribution of responses to the questions of the Promote Ukraine’s survey. Moreover, the respondents have added hundreds of comments using the option “Other,” which was available for some questions. Here are the most typical of them for your consideration.

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Flu vaccine for you …” in %

Is the usual thing I do and plan to do9,82
Is what I’ve tried7,29
Is what I’ve never inoculated75,45
I’m not sure7,44

Distribution of respondents to the question: Traditional vaccination (against a certain standard list of diseases) and COVID-19 vaccination for you are…in %

Different issues31,55
Equally important20,54
Equally nonsense41,22
I’m not sure3,87
Other2,82

 The “Other” variants obtained:

–       The COVID-19 vaccine has not been sufficiently studied.

–       The COVID-19 vaccineis not needed at all.

 Distribution of respondents to the question: COVID-19 vaccination for you is …:” in %

Personal issue (self-protection)34,82
Social issue (protection of people around you)19,35
Nor needed at all41,22
I’m not sure0,89
Other3,72

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      The vaccine is needed if it is effective. But you can’t force everyone to get vaccinated, because there are many people with contraindications.

–      Commercial and socio-political scam

–      Needed only by risk groups and only after all stages of testing.

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Why do you agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (choose 2 most relevant reasons for you” in % (the total sum exceeds 100%, as the respondents could choose several variants)

to travel13,6
to visit public places5,6
to go to work4,1
to protect myself26,9
to protect other people16,8
do not agree64,7
I’m not sure2,9

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      I do not agree to be vaccinated because it is human rights violation.

–      I do not agree to be vaccinated for any money.

–      For the sake of all the above points, but only in the case of a fully studied tested vaccine without side effects.

–      It is everyone’s personal choice.

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Are you ready to be vaccinated against COVID-19 every six months, if necessary?” in %

Yes14,73
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)8,63
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)6,10
No35,57
I’m not sure2,68
I don’t support the idea of being vaccinated32,29

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Are you ready to vaccinate your children against COVID-19?” in %

Yes13,10
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)8,04
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)3,27
No34,52
I’m not sure2,98
I don’t support the idea of being vaccinated31,40
Have no children6,70

Distribution of respondents to the question: “The responsibility for quantitative indicators of vaccination of the population (to vaccinate up to 70% of the population by the end of a certain period) is the responsibility of…” in %

The State27,23
International organizations like WHO4,32
Vaccine producers5,51
Every citizen18,15
Other21,87
I’m not sure22,92

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      To be vaccinated or not is everyone’s choice, so everyone takes responsibility. Therefore, no one has the right to force or intimidate with vaccination!

–      Globalists

–      The state should provide everyone with the opportunity to be vaccinated with the vaccine he / she wants.

–      Voluntarily vaccination, no one has the right to force!

–      To Agree to be vaccinated is irresponsible for one’s health and a threat to the health of others.

–      The concept of collective immunity was introduced 30 years before the start of vaccination. Therefore, talking about 70% is a myth.

–      There can be no question of responsibility here. You need to trust the state, WHO and medicine to take responsibility. And there is no trust.

–      Just business.

Distribution of respondents to the question: Responsibility for qualitative indicators of vaccination of the population (increase of the number of COVID-19 incidents with no complications from vaccination) is a responsibility of ….” in %

The State27,53
International organisations like WHO6,10
Vaccine producers21,73
Every citizen10,12
Other15,17
I’m not sure19,35

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      Responsibility should be borne for side effects.

–      Everyone should be responsible.

–      Doctors who advocate vaccination and vaccine manufacturers should be responsible for side effects.

–      The number of vaccinations is not related to the incidence rate.

–      Everyone’s own business.

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “Will you be satisfied with financial compensation for deteriorating health and / or disability caused by “unsuccessful” vaccination in the form of side effects?” in %

Yes11,31
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)7,44
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)5,21
No68,90
I’m not sure7,14
Not aware of that

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Which source of information on the state of health of the nation and the course of vaccination of the population you consider the most reliable?” in %

WHO19,64
National authorities on health protection6,25
The EU8,04
News sites4,46
Social networks12,50
Friends, neighbours, acquaintances14,14
Other34,97

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      International research

–      Adequate physicians

–      Analysis of all sources

–      Own observations

–      I trust no source! Constant manipulation and propaganda

Distribution of respondents to the question: “When in public places, is it important for you to be surrounded by people vaccinated against COVID-19?” in %

Yes18,01
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)8,04
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)4,02
No66,82
I’m not sure3,13

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Would you feel safer being vaccinated against COVID-19 when another person coughed in a public place next to you?” in %

Yes15,77
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)8,93
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)4,32
No58,04
I’m not sure12,95

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “How would you like to identify the vaccinated person next to you?” in %

Special bracelet or other external accessories (on clothes, on the hand, etc.)3,57
Through the mobile application (considering the requirements for personal data protection)2,53
Vaccine passport (paper or digital), which can be shown upon request7,29
Visible tatoo1,19
No identification is needed71,58
I’m not sure2,68
Other11,16

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      It is a crime even to offer such an identification!

–      There is no sense of identification because the effectiveness of the vaccine is unknown.

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “Do you support the idea of introducing a vaccine passport for free travelling as it was before pandemic?” in %

Yes15,63
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)7,44
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)2,53
No73,66
I’m not sure0,74

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Do you support the idea of introducing a vaccine passport for free access to museums, restaurants, hairdressers, shops?” in %

Yes11,46
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)5,80
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)2,98
No78,13
I’m not sure1,64

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “In your opinion, the vaccine passport should contain information about …” in %

All the vaccinations provided and recommended by the Ministry of Health Care12,80
Only about vaccine against COVID-1911,76
The vaccine passport should not be introduced at all66,96
I’m not sure2,83
Other5,65

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      No passport. Everyone must keep his/her immunity trained.

–      Knowing our corruption, I do not believe in any passports and indeed, it is against the freedoms of citizens. But if it is necessary for travel, I will try to get a passport, most likely.

–      Vaccination passport is a guarantee of segregation of society on medical grounds.

–      Vaccination passport is a violation of human rights!

Distribution of respondents to the question: “Are you afraid that the information from your vaccine passport may be used for other purposes?” in %

Yes19,49
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)6,40
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)8,48
No13,24
I’m not sure3,72
I do not plan to have a vaccine passport48,66

Distribution of respondents to the question: Do you agree that information about vaccinations to be equated with personal data and therefore protected accordingly?” in %

Yes54,91
Slightly yes (more likely yes than no)4,46
Slightly no (more likely no than yes)4,91
No20,98
I’m not sure14,73

Distribution of respondents to the question: “How do vaccine passports correlate with the human rights?” in %

They violate human rights68,45
They temporally violate human rights4,02
They violate human rights of non-vaccinated people, but it is the choice of the latter10,86
They do not violate human rights12,65
I’m not sure4,02

Distribution of respondents to the question: “What is your attitude to those who support the idea of vaccine passports?” in %

Supportive19,20
Neutral23,21
Blaming51,79
I’m not sure5,80

Distribution of respondents to the question: «What scares you most:» in %

To transmit COVID-19 to other people11,90
To be infected with COVID-1918,15
I’m not sure30,51
Other39,44

The “Other” variants obtained:

–      when people are forced to inject the vaccine against human will!!

–      To see the division of society because of COVID-19

–      The worst thing is the medical terror that is now being introduced in the world.

–      The worst thing is when there are not enough vaccines for everyone.

–      When human rights are violated!

–      To become a disenfranchised slave

–      Cancer, GMO products

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “Have you been affected by COVID-19?” in %

Yes (confirmed by lab tests)17,26
Yes (there were symptoms but without lab confirmation)23,51
No41,52
I’m not sure17,71

 Distribution of respondents to the question: Have your relatives (children, parents, colleagues, neighbours) been affected by COVID-19?” in %

Yes (confirmed by lab tests)45,24
Yes (there were symptoms but without lab confirmation)15,63
No16,37
I’m not sure9,97
Do not want to answer12,80

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “Your age:” in %

18-286,99
29-4040,77
41-5544,79
56-654,61
66 and older2,83

 Distribution of respondents to the question: “Your sex:” in %

Female69,35
Male30,65

We are looking forward to getting your feedback on the columns of the next issue or on the journal pagehttps://www.promoteukraine.org/uk/zhurnal/

 Prepared by Yuliia Horbova and Evhenia Kolomiyets-Ludwig

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