Collective Service Documentation

Data synthesis: public perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccinations (July 2021)


This analysis is the first of a series of data syntheses from the RCCE Collective Service. It focuses on public perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccinations. The data synthesis brings together 66 data sources from quantitative surveys across 107 countries and six regions, underpinned by a rapid review of additional studies and community feedback data from Africa.

This analysis intends to provide an overview of the existing data (collected between March 2020 and April 2021) on vaccine perceptions and offer recommendations for informing community engagement strategies and policies in relation to COVID-19 vaccination programmes. It also helps identify knowledge and evidence gaps as well as highlight areas for further research investment.


Key findings include:

  • 74.8 per cent (April 2021) of respondents would agree to take a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available and recommended.
  • Vaccine acceptance rates are highly variable across different regions and countries. The data observed:
    • High vaccine acceptance rates in Asia (78,7 per cent) and the Americas (79,3 per cent).
    • A substantial decrease in vaccine acceptance rates in Africa, particularly across Ethiopia and Kenya.
    • A significant increase in vaccine acceptance in Western Europe.
  • Key emerging socio-behavioural factors include practical issues such as information and knowledge gaps, social processes including trust and social norms and concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy.


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