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A person receiving a coronavirus vaccine prototype
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A person receiving a coronavirus vaccine prototype

Report: 20% of Israelis would reject use of COVID-19 vaccine

Survey shows Jewish Israelis more inclined to opt for treatment than Arab counterparts; only 64% of ultra-Orthodox Jews say they will get vaccinated if it proves to be safe

i24NEWS |
Published: 09.06.20 , 23:12
A fifth of Israelis would not opt for coronavirus vaccine if the treatment was currently available, according to a new survey conducted by health researchers at the Assuta Medical Center.
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  • The survey found that 75% of Israelis said they will agree to receive the treatment, while 20% said they would refuse to voluntarily take the vaccine.
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    A person receiving a coronavirus vaccine prototype
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    "These results are worrying," said Professor Shuki Shemer, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Assuta Medical Center.
    Researchers also found that 89.1% of men were more likely to receive a vaccination against the coronavirus as opposed to just 68.7% of women.
    Among the Jewish population, 75% said they would get vaccinated. Members of the Arab community were slightly less inclined, with 70% saying they would opt for the treatment.
    ביקור בני גנץ במכון הביולוגיביקור בני גנץ במכון הביולוגי
    Israel Institute for Biological Research Director Shmuel Shapira presenting Defense Minister Benny Gantz the institute's coronavirus vaccine prototype
    (Photo: Defense Ministry)
    Moreover, 64.1% of the ultra-Orthodox community said they would take a safe and verified coronavirus vaccine.
    In addition, young people aged 25 to 44 were 70.3% in favor of vaccination, slightly lower than the 73% registered among other age groups.
    The survey was carried out on 505 Israelis over the age of 18 between August 17 and August 18.
    A Gallup poll released last month in the United States showed that 35% of Americans would likely not volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine.
    Reprinted courtesy of i24NEWS
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