Almost one in 10 people aged between 18 and 34 are refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine, the latest survey from the biopharmaceutical industry shows.
Vaccine refusal among this age group is running at 9 per cent, almost twice the level across the general population, the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association has found.
In the general population, 4 per cent are unsure about taking a Covid-19 vaccine but within the 18- to 34-year-old age group the figure is running at twice this level, the highest level of any age group. There are about 1.2 million people in this age group.
“Overall, the vaccination rate is very high. But hesitancy, although proportionately small, is still sticky, especially among some younger people,” said Bernard Mallee, director of communications and advocacy at the IPHA.
The survey of more than 1,000 adults by research company Ipsos MRBI has found that the proportion of people overall who will refuse a Covid-19 vaccine has remained steady at about 5 per cent.
While the number of people who are unsure about getting a Covid-19 vaccine has declined since January, the level has slowed to about 4 per cent in recent months.
The HSE is encouraging any remaining people who have not been vaccinated to come forward to get the jab.