Phillip Cruz
Medical Director, GSK

The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted parents’ confidence in vaccines, not just for their children but also for themselves, according to a recent GSK survey1.

When questioned, 93% of of 2,511 parents of children aged between 9 months and 10 years old said they were happy for their children to be vaccinated generally. Another 29% said they were more likely now, than before the pandemic, to take up vaccinations for their children or themselves.

These beliefs held true across the UK, regardless of the age of the respondent’s children, or whether they were mothers or fathers, suggesting considerable shared confidence in vaccines among the nation’s parents.

45% of respondents said they now believe vaccinations are more essential than ever to protect against infectious diseases. This finding is important, especially in the context of the UK losing its measles-free status last year as a result of declining immunisation rates.

While we all await a vaccine against Covid-19, perhaps one crumb of comfort we can take from the pandemic is that vaccine confidence in the UK has never been higher. This boost in vaccine confidence could play an important role if there is a need for catch-up programmes post the pandemic.

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This post was developed by GSK. NP-GB-GVX-WCNT-200004. September 2020.

References

1. Data on file, Vaccines in light of COVID-19 market research, May 2020, REF-81763.