A recently published survey in China shows that public officials are also reluctant to receive the voluntary anti-Covid-19 vaccine.
As in France, Chinese health care workers also have doubts about the anti-Covid-19 vaccine. Although the vaccine was first introduced in China, a recent survey showed that less than 74% of public officials in Beijing were voluntarily vaccinated.
In Beijing, health care workers who are part of the population that enjoys priority for anti-Covid-19 vaccination are reportedly not pursuing the vaccine.
A survey released earlier this month by the Communist Party’s official Vaccine and Immunization magazine showed that health care workers with higher levels of knowledge and Education were relatively less willing to get vaccinated. And CDC staff characterized this group as a critical population because they are at greater risk of infection. But some of these people may be thinking that there is no rush to get vaccinated in a China where there are zero newly confirmed cases. On Tuesday, March 9, for example, there were no new local confirmed cases in mainland China.
Racing against virus mutation
The Chinese capital is particularly concerned about this concern. But this situation is not unique. As previously reported by the South China Morning Post, a doctor at a hospital in northeastern China said last December that he did not want to be a lab rat.
The survey of nearly 3,000 health workers conducted last spring showed that nearly a third did not answer questions. The team in charge of this survey recommended that more explanation and education efforts be made for health care workers and at-risk populations.
According to academician Zhong Nanshan, a leading Chinese epidemiologist, the vaccination campaign is a race against virus mutation. Chinese health authorities now need to accelerate the pace and aim to have 40% of the population vaccinated by this summer.