Nineteen percent of Czechs reject Covid-19 vaccination, with 14 percent fully determined not to get vaccinated, according to a November survey by the STEM agency.
Another 6 percent of people are still hesitant to get the jab, and 43 percent of respondents would be in favor of compulsory vaccination, but the same proportion were also against any mandatory vaccination.
The number of undecided people in the Czech Republic is declining, however, and more and more people also decide not to get vaccinated.
People who are not financially secure, have only elementary education or are in the 18 to 29 age group refuse to be vaccinated more often than other demographic groups.
The most common reason for refusing the vaccine is the doubt about whether it is necessary. Some people are also discouraged by the side effects after previous vaccinations.
“Simplifying the logistics of vaccination, for example, providing it at home after arrangement with a doctor, would not affect the stubborn opponents too much,” according to the data.
Currently, 6.39 million Czechs have been vaccinated, and over a million people have received a booster dose. About three-quarters of people in the country got at least the first dose or plan to get vaccinated.
The country currently vaccinates children aged 12 to 15. Vaccination registrations for children aged 5 to 11 are due to start in the country in mid-December.