Almost a third of Britons say they may not take up a vaccine for coronavirus, a poll showed, as researchers warned about the amount of anti-vaccine content circulating online.
In the study carried out by YouGov for the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) research group, 6% of those polled said they definitely would not get vaccinated for COVID-19.
A further 10% said they would “probably not” have a vaccine, while another 15% said they did not know, meaning a total of 31% will not have one or are unsure about it.
Researchers also warned about the large amount of anti-vax misinformation spreading on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
The survey polled more than 1,600 people in Britain, and found 38% said they would “definitely” have a coronavirus vaccination were it made available. A further 31% said they “probably” would choose to have the vaccine, meaning 69% plan to take it.
With scientists predicting that more than three-quarters of the population would need to be vaccinated in order to have success in suppressing coronavirus, the findings could represent a threat to the ability to contain COVID-19.
Separate teams of scientists at Oxford University and Imperial College London are developing a coronavirus vaccine.
In May, the government said it had hoped there would be a vaccine available for 30 million Britons by September.
However, one health expert warned earlier this