Pretty much every day we’re conscious of the ways COVID-19 has changed our lives. From wearing masks to socializing, working and going to school via Zoom, there are many day to day things that just aren’t normal.

While some people might believe this is just a new normal, other people are crossing their fingers for a COVID-19 vaccine that will allow us to get back to our lives without fear of getting a potentially deadly virus.

Over the summer, Ipsos MORI conducted a poll for the World Economic Forum. The poll was conducted via an online survey. There were 19,519 adults that participated in the poll, and the participants were from 27 different countries.

The goal of the survey was to find out how many people would get a COVID-19 vaccine if one were available. Participants in China were the most open to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Only 3% of people from China said they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine.

People who live in Russia were the most against a COVID-19 vaccine. Of all participants in Russia, 46% said they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

In the United States, 33% of those surveyed said they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine. The most common reason for not wanting to get the not-yet-available vaccine was concern about potential side effects. In all, 60% of Americans who would not get the vaccine said that they were concerned about side effects, 37% didn’t think the new vaccine would be effective, and 20% were against all vaccines.

The survey also asked participants if they thought a COVID-19 vaccine would be available before the end of 2020. On average, across all 27 countries that participated, 59% of people said they did not think a vaccine would be available this year. People in China were the most optimistic about the chances of a vaccine this year. In China, 87% of people who participated believed a vaccine would indeed be available before the end of 2020.

Would you get a COVID-19 vaccine if one were available? Do you think a COVID-19 vaccine will be available before the end of the year? Does it surprise you how many people are against getting a COVID-19 vaccine whenever one does become available?