Based on existing data, the EU’s proposed 80% target is difficult to achieve, as we are far from it for the time being. 44% of unvaccinated workers are in a situation of vaccination hesitation, being the potential target of a persuasion campaign.
Relevant elements for the general attitude of health workers towards vaccination:
– Approx. 75% believe that vaccination is a way out of the pandemic
reducing the risk of COVID-19 disease.
– Approx. 2% indicated that SARS-CoV-2 positives were detected after vaccination; 40% indicated that they had patients in the same situation. These are the elements that influence their decision.
– Approx. 31% believe that workers who have experienced an episode of SARS-CoV-2 infection should be treated as vaccinated.
The profile of unvaccinated workers tends to be characterized by the following 5 characteristics:
– They are not convinced of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
– They tend to be part of groups with few vaccinated colleagues.
– They tend to have a weight inversely proportional to the level of education.
– They tend to have a weight inversely proportional to age.
– They have not been the subject of official information on the vaccine. Only approx. 4% of respondents indicated that they were informed by the professional body (87% of all evicted respondents having the obligation to be members of a professional body).
The most important legitimate expectations of unvaccinated workers, which could lead (most) to get vaccinated:
– Provide clear evidence of vaccine efficacy and safety.
– Specific information and training.
– Protection against the risks associated with vaccines.
– They do not want to be forced to get vaccinated, but convinced (except for those who indicated a categorical refusal of vaccination).
Some relevant information regarding vaccinated workers can be retained:
– Over 90% of them are convinced of the effectiveness of the vaccine and its possibility to
combat COVID-19 pandemic.
– The “Matthew effect” of vaccination is visible: the more vaccinated there are in a workplace, the higher the share of vaccinated in that section.
– Approx. 29% of them recommend coercive measures: 24.3% of vaccinated workers
considers that vaccination should be mandatory and others approx. 4% that it should exist
conditioning. This is one of the signs of the risk of distortions in the functioning of medical teams.