Are UK Doctors Sceptical of COVID-19 Vaccine?

Tim Locke

November 25, 2020

A Medscape UK reader poll of 308 UK doctors found 4 in 10 would not have a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is approved by the MHRA.

Online polling took place 18-23 November after the positive Pfizer/BioNTech results but with most responses received before the positive news about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Safety Concerns

Of those who wouldn't have the jab at this stage:

  • 56% cited safety concerns

  • 27% would rather wait

  • 7% mentioned personal health reasons

  • 14% had other reasons

Overall, 59% said vaccination for healthcare staff should not be compulsory. Among those who wouldn’t have the jab at this stage, 9 out of 10 were against compulsory staff vaccination.

Herd Immunity

Vaccination rates against SARS-CoV-2 of around 60-72% are thought to be needed to make it effective, according to a recent Lancet article.

Polling by Kantar of 1000 people carried out 10-11 November found 76% of people in Britain would have a vaccine for COVID-19.

That's fallen since June when 78% said they would be vaccinated.

In these latest results, 53% were worried about safety and the speed of development.

However, 57% were confident that a vaccine will not be dangerous if it is proposed by public authorities.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as: