Vaccine trials leave Mirror readers hopeful but no normality expected until 2022

Successful vaccine trials are filling Mirror readers with hope (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Successful vaccine trials have many of us feeling more optimistic, according to our latest survey.

We received 10,111 responses on the Mirror website with people’s views on a potential vaccine for Covid-19.

The breakthrough – which has seen two trials report vaccines that are at least 90% effective, and a third trial also showing positive results – has made 58% of those who responded feel more optimistic about the pandemic.

For nearly two-fifths (37%) it hasn’t changed how they feel, while 6% say they now feel less optimistic.

Levels of optimism among respondents on the Mirror website are lower than the 58% feeling more optimistic as a result of vaccine breakthroughs across regional and national titles in the Reach network.

In terms of who should be top priority to get the vaccine, 86% of respondents agreed NHS and care workers should be among the first.

86% of readers think NHS and care workers should be first in line for the vaccine
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

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Other groups that people thought should be prioritised were care home residents (63%), over 80s (41%) and over 70s (41%), and younger adults with health conditions (33%).

Fewer people thought teachers (32%), children with health conditions (32%), over 60s (29%), public transport workers (23%), supermarket workers (21%), over 50s (12%), and delivery drivers (8%).

However, if a rollout is successful, most don’t think it’s going to see the country get back to normal quickly.

Only one in six (17%) of those who responded think things will be back to normal by Spring next year.

Nearly two in five (38%) think it will take until Autumn next year, while 45% think 2022 is the most likely.

Nationally, 21% think things will be back to normal by Spring next year, 36% think it will take until Autumn next year, while 42% think 2022 is the most likely.