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How Do Indians Feel About The Highly-Anticipated COVID-19 Vaccine? A Survey Reveals

LocalCircles, an Indian community social media platform, conducted a survey to know the tentative perception of peoples’ reaction when the Government rolls out the COVID-19 vaccine

How Do Indians Feel About The Highly-Anticipated COVID-19 Vaccine? A Survey Reveals
Highlights
  • 61% people say that they are sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 33% respondents feel anxious, 13% feel depressed due to COVID
  • The survey had over 25,000 responses from over 225 districts of India

New Delhi: As COVID-19 continues its spike across the globe, scientists from around the world, including India are developing several vaccines which are at different stages of clinical trials. The central government has also revealed various plans to vaccinate the country, while some states remain under the stage of planning. At such a time, the latest survey by LocalCircles, an Indian community social media platform, has revealed that about 61 per cent of people have said that they are sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available.

The aim of the survey by LocalCircles was to know the tentative perception of peoples’ reaction when the Government rolls out the COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, it sought to know peoples’ current behaviour facing COVID-19 threats, and for how long will they continue to endure the suffering from the pandemic.

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The survey received over 25,000 responses from over 225 districts of India, LocalCircles revealed. The question that the respondents were asked about the vaccine was,

If the COVID-19 vaccine became available in the early part of next year, would you like to get it so you can go back to your pre-COVID lifestyle?

To which, 61 per cent of the 8,312 respondents said they are sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available. Moreover, only 12 per cent respondents said would get vaccinated and go back to living pre-COVID lifestyle, while 25 per cent said they will get vaccinated but still will not go back to pre-COVID lifestyle, the remaining 10 per cent said they will not take it at all in 2021.
Nearly 200 pharmaceutical companies are engaged in trials for a vaccine, that is being monitored by the world on its each and every move. However, when a vaccine does become available, which according to WHO’s Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, will be somewhere in March-April 2021, we need to understand how people feel and trust the vaccine candidates.

The complexity of the COVID-19 disease, and the fact that very little is known about the virus which is less than a year old, has put several challenges for scientists to develop a safe and effective vaccine.

These respondents were also asked how they feel mentally after eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 8,590 respondents, 33 per cent said they feel anxious or worried, 19 per cent said calm and happy, 13 per cent said depressed, 5 per cent said enthusiastic, 20 per cent said they were feeling thankful, while 10 per cent said none of the above.

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At present, India is observing a decline in the COVID-19 spike but experts worry that the onset of winters and festivals may lead to the cases worsening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation this week where he warned everyone that despite the relaxations in the lockdown restrictions, “coronavirus is still very much there.”

India is in the fifth phase of unlocking, which has seen most restrictions removed. The Unlock 5.0 guidelines allow states and union territories to take a call on determining the capacity of people allowed to gather, along with the call to open schools and multiplexes.

While the Central and State Governments are permitting various services like markets, restaurants, metros, multiplexes, markets, parks to operate, the general guidelines are still to minimise social interactions, maximise social distancing, mandatory use of mask when out of home.

In terms of the lifestyle changes in professional settings, majority of the companies have implemented a Work-From-Home model to ensure safety of their employees.

In order to understand if people are tired of the new pandemic induced lifestyle, LocalCircles asked people,

How long do you think you can easily sustain this post Covid way of living with restriction?

Out of 8,496 responses, 38 per cent said they are willing to live the COVID-19 way of living for as long as it takes, while 23 per cent said they are already tired of the restrictions. 14 per cent each said till December 31, 2020 and till March 31, 2021, 6 per cent said till June 30, 2021, 2 per cent said till September 30, 2021, and 3 per cent said till Dec 31, 2021. If the numbers are added up, 63 per cent citizens feel they can easily sustain the post-COVID way of living with restrictions till March 31, 2021.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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