Covid: 16% of French people who don’t want a vaccine

Posted on Jul 23, 2021 12:34 PM

There are indecisive ones, and there are those who are determined not to receive the vaccine, whom the government is watching like milk on fire. New rallies are scheduled across France this Saturday to protest health passes and mandatory vaccinations for caregivers. Over the weekend, more than 114,000 people denounced the “health dictatorship”, sometimes even comparing the government to the Nazis. Some of the demonstrators are protesting against restrictions on freedom; others just don’t want to hear about the vaccine. And their radicalization worries the top of the state.

According to a recent poll by Ecoscope OpinionWay – Les Echos, 16% of French people are “not going to get vaccinated.” Especially women under 35 and, above all, the French from the popular categories.

Popular activities without skipping health

This is also evidenced by a large-scale survey conducted by researchers Inserm and CNRS among 86,000 people. It was conducted last November when the first vaccines were being developed, but it is still urgent to better understand the social characteristics of the hesitant and rebellious, according to Alexis Spire, director of research at CNRS and co-author of the study. to the vaccine.

“The lower we are in the social hierarchy, the less inclined we are to be vaccinated in general and against the Covid-19 vaccine in particular,” the authors of the study say. Thus, 17% of workers said they would definitely not be vaccinated against Covid. Against 8% of senior executives. OpinionWay’s result is close: 24% of workers and employees are not going to get vaccinated or twice as many as so-called “top” healthcare providers.

Better to try to convince than to threaten.

Alexis Spire, Director of Research at CNRS

The problem, according to Alexis Spire, is that a health passport is likely to be ineffective for some vaccine-resistant people: “The whole population does not go to restaurants, cinema, theater, does not accept,” he recalls, “not a train, no plane. To reach the secretive representatives of the popular classes, working class and suburban areas, it would be better to try to persuade, not threaten. “

According to him, the measures taken by the executive branch will mainly serve to refute the suspicious representatives of the middle and upper classes. And so it will highlight the social gap in vaccination: “This is a paradox, because, at the same time, the poorest are the most vulnerable to Covid-19. “

2000 intermediaries

The criterion that most distinguishes the wavering from the rebellious is trust in government. “Attitudes towards a vaccine are about the body, about health, about technology,” says Alexis Spire, according to which “reluctance towards other vaccines has much less to do with trust in government.”

Refuse the vaccine to protest the government? “Not in the majority,” the researcher replies. They refuse to politicize. The government has made immunization imperative for economic recovery, but for them it should take your time. Many fear that scientific standards have been sacrificed due to economic policy issues, he said. Hence the importance of informing these categories of the population about the vaccine.

At the request of regional health agencies, 2,000 Covid mediators are deployed on site by associations such as the Red Cross. There are few of them, but they can raise awareness of vaccination. “In the field, people ask:“ What is this for? “,” What will it bring me? “I am not a risk society,” explains Florent Vallee, Deputy Director of Covid Operations at the Red Cross. But intermediaries are not responsible for specific populations far from the vaccine.

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