In Austria, 63% of the population has been vaccinated against coronavirus at least once.
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The number of citizens receiving the first dose of the vaccine every day has dropped in recent months. At the same time, the number of hospital beds and intensive care units has increased.
To mitigate or even prevent a new wave of coronaviruses, citizens should be motivated to get vaccinated. A current international study led by epidemiologist Eva Scherhammer from the Center for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna examined which incentives for vaccination would have the greatest effect on citizens.
As of August 2021, 3,067 people from Austria, Germany and Switzerland have participated in the online survey. Regarding Austrian participants, 18% stated that they were not vaccinated and that they did not request vaccination. The results show that 23.5 percent of respondents will be vaccinated if they could choose a vaccine, 8.7 percent if they received a voucher, and 6.6 percent if the vaccination would ensure their participation in the vaccine. lottery. Also motivating will be the following circumstances: vaccination in the workplace (3.8 percent), a free meal after vaccination (3.3 percent) and getting a sticker that makes the vaccination visible (1.6 percent) . Money, injecting the vaccine instead of injecting and doing long-term studies are also cited as incentives.
It is an interesting fact that 15.8 per cent of the respondents stated that they would be vaccinated if the vaccination were free, which is actually the case in all the countries where the study participants came from. The opportunity to choose a vaccine was attractive to people with a higher level of education, while vouchers and lottery participation were interesting for less educated people and the younger population.
The results of the respondents from Germany and Switzerland were for the most part similar.