Majority of people willing to get Covid booster vaccine every six months

A majority of people would be willing to get a booster vaccine every six months to help guard against Covid-19, according to a poll which also reveals nearly one in four adults are "not at all" concerned about contracting the virus.

A survey of 1,500 adults by Redfield and Wilton Strategies found that 75 per cent of the 1,380 vaccinated respondents would be willing to have a new dose twice a year for the next few years, if officials recommend it.

The finding comes after new data made the prospect of a fourth Covid vaccine more likely, as officials revealed that boosters are less protective against omicron than the delta variant.

Analysis by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed that although the booster dose gives “significant protection” against symptomatic disease compared to two doses alone, immunity starts to wane after 10 weeks.

However, the poll, carried out on Tuesday, December 1, also found that as many as 23 per cent of people are "not at all" concerned about getting Covid amid the surge of omicron cases. 

Data released by the UKHSA since the poll was carried out showed that the risk of admission to accident and emergency was 31 to 45 per cent lower than with delta, while the risk of hospitalisation was 50 to 70 per cent less.

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Separately, the survey revealed that more than half of people believe that the cost of living (55 per cent), protecting the livelihoods of shop, restaurant and pub owners (53 per cent) and Britons’ mental health (54 per cent) are given too little weight when ministers decide on coronavirus restrictions. 

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On the other hand, 44 per cent of people said insufficient consideration was given to limiting the spread of the virus, and 47 per cent said too little consideration was given to preventing the NHS being overwhelmed.

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Asked to describe their level of concern about contracting coronavirus, 26 per cent said they were "very" concerned, 51 per cent said they had "some" concerns and 23 per cent said they were not at all concerned.

Almost two in three (64 per cent) respondents agreed that Covid-19 was "here to stay" and that the country needed to learn to live with the virus – with only seven per cent disagreeing.

Respondents were split on what constituted living with the virus, with 52 per cent saying it means adjusting to a lifestyle "mostly different" to before the pandemic, and 48 per cent describing a return to a lifestyle that is "mostly similar" to before the pandemic. Almost half of people (49 per cent) said schools should remain open regardless of any other restrictions. Only 23 per cent disagreed.

A spokesman for Redfield and Wilton Strategies said: "With the benefit of the coronavirus vaccines, the debate among the British public has clearly shifted towards how to live with the virus, rather than defeat it." Although trust in the Government has waned in recent months, "trust in the vaccine has not correspondingly wavered", according to the pollster. 

"Rather, if anything, trust in the vaccines strengthens the public’s ability to be more sceptical of restrictions," a spokesman said.

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