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Thai people hope Covid-19 vaccine will help end pandemic – survey

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A Bangkok University poll indicates that around half of the Thai population are holding out hope that the Covid-19 vaccine will help end the pandemic. But the same respondents fear the vaccines’ side effects.

The poll was conducted on January 18-20 on 1,186 people nationwide, aged 18 and over. A bare majority, 50.1% say their jobs and incomes would be affected if the pandemic continues without the masses being inoculated. About 27% said the most worrisome effect of the continued pandemic would be getting infected by the virus. 15% said they would be most worried about travelling. The rest of respondents said the availability of necessities and food, expenses for protective gear, children’s education topped their lists of worries.

Asked if vaccines would help curb or end the pandemic in the country, 51.3% said they are moderately hopeful, with a smaller percentage, 32.8%, very hopeful, and almost 16% had little or no hope. When asked about their concerns surrounding vaccines, almost 40% chose side effects.

Almost 13% said they were concerned about new vaccines being needed to fight new Covid-19 variants, with the same amount worried they wouldn’t receive free vaccines. About 8% worried about receiving smuggled vaccines without the Food and Drugs Administration’s approval.

The biggest lessons Thais say they learned from the Covid-19 outbreak during the past year focused on the illegal entry of migrants – 40.2%. About 20% say they learned that hiding information could put other people at risk, while about 18% said recklessness on the part of some people could put the majority at risk.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Ben

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    The virus is ubiquitous. Eventually everyone will catch it if they engage in life. So they will be faced with either taking the vaccine and dealing with the side effects or going naked and hope their immune system fights it off.

    I don’t have a lot of allergies and tend to tolerate vaccines well. If I get a headache, body aches and a fever for a day then I know the vaccine is working and that’s acceptable to me.

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      Social Observer

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:32 am

      “Eventually everyone will catch it.” Wrong. When a sufficient number of people are immune to the virus — by being vaccinated or by surviving an infection of Covid19 — the virus will stop spreading. It is estimated that that will occur when about 85% of the population are immune.

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      Richard

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Siriruk a person who took the vaccine says a person who is inoculated with the vaccine can still become infected and should continue to practice social distancing and wearing a mask until a herd immunity is developed by 60% of the population, or the virus dissipates.

      My question to what benefit does the vaccine offer

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    Rasputin

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:16 am

    The vaccine certainly won’t be the end covid 19, what it will do, is enable many people to survive who may well have previously perished. BUT (there is always a ‘but’) that is until a new variant/mutation developers that the vaccine has little or no effect on. How long till then? Nobody knows, IMO 12 months to 2 years if we are lucky. Vaccinations may well result in being an annual event, just like the Flu currently is, but with a far more deadly enemy.

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