This year has certainly been challenging for many across the city and now thousands of us across the country are learning to adapt to the new normal.
Coronavirus has most definitely got the nation talking.
A couple of weeks ago, we launched a survey to find out what the people of Plymouth think about the idea of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Hundreds of people completed our survey and we now we can reveal what people really think about coronavirus and a cure.
Taking a Vaccine
The majority of people in Plymouth who took part (60%) say that they would take a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.
While 24% said they would not accept a vaccination and 16% responded, “I don’t know”.
We also asked: “Would you take a vaccine straight away or let others go first?”
Almost half (45%) of participants said they would take it as soon as it’s available but 41% said they would wait for others to take it first.
The remaining 14% of participants said they were not sure.
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We asked participants: “How do you think COVID-19 was formed?” – and the answers are intriguing.
Almost half (46%) of participants believe coronavirus was man-made – of that group, 35% said it was intentionally created in a lab, whilst 11% believe it was accidentally created.
That leaves 34% saying that they believe it occurred naturally and 17% said they were not sure.
The remaining 3% do not believe that COVID-19 exists.
Cost of vaccine
Participants were asked whether they would be willing to pay for a coronavirus vaccine.
Just under half (47%) said that they would pay for a vaccination but 36% said that they would not.
The remaining 17% said that they were not sure.
Children and the vaccine
We found that 57% of those who took part in our survey had children.
The 483 respondents within this group were clearly divided when asked whether they would vaccinate them.
Just over half 51% said that they would and 31% said they would not.
A remaining 18% were left undecided.
Participants were asked when they thought a COVID-19 vaccination would become available.
Almost half (44%) of those asked said that they believed a vaccine would be available in a year or more.
While almost a quarter (24%) said they thought it would take a couple of months for a vaccine to be available, 21% were not able to predict.
On opposite ends of the scale, 2% said they believe a vaccine had already been created and 9% said a vaccine is “not possible to create”.
The majority of participants (80%) said that they haven’t had symptoms or been tested for COVID-19.
Out of the remaining 20%, just over half (12%) said they have had symptoms but haven’t been tested and 8% said they have been tested after having symptoms.