Just over half of Irish citizens would get COVID vaccine, study shows


A poll released today has found that 55% of people would get the COVID-19 vaccine if one was available.


One third were unsure and 12% would turn it down.


The news came in the latest Ipsos MRBI IPHA Covid-19 Vaccine poll.


Just under 1,000 people were quizzed for the telephone poll at the start of October.


Men and the elderly are the groups most interested in taking the vaccine.


60% of men said they would have the COVID vaccine.


Half of women said they would do so.


The age group most likely to take the vaccine were the over-65s, followed by people aged between 35 and 44.


But the uptake rate drops for younger people.


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Only 19% of those aged between 25 and 34 said they'd take the vaccine


While 18% of those between 18 and 24 would take the COVID vaccine according to the survey.


No new deaths from the virus were reported yesterday.


However, the number of new cases rose again to 1,025.


Yesterday's cases included 255 in Dublin, 147 in Cork, 77 in Galway, 54 in Kildare and 53 in Donegal.


The remaining 439 cases were spread across 21 counties.




There has now been a total of 57,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.


Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:


"If youre a confirmed case, have had a test or have symptoms ofCOVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days.


"If you live with a case or have been told youre a close contact, you must restrict your movements for 14 days.


"Everyone else should stay at home, unless for essential reasons or for exercise within 5km of where you live."