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Over 10% of Tokyoites aged 20-39 'want to think a bit more' on getting COVID shots: poll

Syringes for coronavirus vaccinations are seen. (Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka)

TOKYO -- More than 10% of respondents to a survey conducted on 636 Tokyoites in their 20s and 30s about whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine said they "want to think a bit more" about the vaccination and are putting off getting their shots.

    The survey results were rounded up by Koji Wada, professor of public health at the International University of Health and Welfare in Japan. While 75% of the respondents had gotten at least their first doses, Wada said, "By providing appropriate information, the vaccination rate may increase by about 10 percentage points in the future."

    The survey was conducted online from Oct. 26-28 targeting men and women aged 20-39 living in Tokyo. Of the respondents, 67% had already received two doses and 7.9% were waiting for their second shot, while 10.8% said they do not want to receive the vaccine based on their own judgement or opposition from those around them. A total of 10.5% answered they "want to think a bit more" about getting vaccinated.

    When asked why they did not want to be vaccinated or were putting off getting the shots, the most common answer was "fear of side effects," chosen by 49.6% of all respondents and over 60% of women. Among men in their 20s, while only 35% chose that reason, 22.5% responded they "don't find the vaccine beneficial" and 12.5% said they "don't like getting shots" or they "don't have time to go get vaccinated."

    To a question asking if they think they will be infected by the coronavirus this winter, more than 75% of those who decided not to get the vaccine at their own discretion answered they "don't really think so" or they "don't think so," indicating that not many of them were concerned about getting the virus.

    Wada explained, "If the movement of people becomes more active from now on, it may raise the risk of infection. Now is the time I recommend people to get vaccinated to protect themselves."

    (Japanese original by Sooryeon Kim, Lifestyle and Medical News Department)

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