Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)–A Jiji Press survey showed Friday that over half of respondents will “wait and see for a while” before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the survey, 51.8 pct plan to take a wait-and-see stance when the opportunity to get vaccinated arises, and 41.9 pct hope to get inoculated “as soon as possible.”
The share of respondents who are not planning to be vaccinated stood at 5.7 pct, while 0.7 pct said they do not know.
Among men, the proportion of those wishing to receive the vaccine immediately was greater than that of those taking a wait-and-see attitude, at 47.7 pct to 46.1 pct. Women, however, preferred to watch and wait over getting a jab immediately, at 58.2 pct to 35.1 pct.
The discrepancy between the sexes is believed to reflect what is seen as a stronger tendency for women to suffer anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, after getting the coronavirus vaccine.
Older respondents were generally more likely to say they will get vaccinated as soon as they can.
Those aged 70 or over were most likely to opt for an immediate jab, favored by 57.6 pct, while the proportion was lowest for people aged between 18 and 29, at 25.9 pct, less than half of the figure for the elderly group.
The positions were flipped for the “wait-and-see” response, with 65.2 pct of those in the 18-29 age group choosing the option, while only 35.2 pct of the 70-and-older category selected it.
The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or over around Japan in the four days to Monday, with 64.2 pct providing valid responses.