In total, 155,587 people have received their first shot of the vaccine in Ukraine / Photo from

Experts from the Rating Sociological Group have named main reasons why Ukrainians oppose the vaccination against COVID-19.

In particular, the main reasons include the lack of confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine, which is now being used for vaccination, as well as the fear of side effects (about half of the respondents), according to a poll conducted on March 18-19.

Also, one in five cited distrust in the authorities as a whole and doubts that the vaccine would protect against new strains of the coronavirus, while 13% claimed the lack of confidence in vaccination as such.

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Some 71% of the pollees believe that mass vaccination against the coronavirus will flatten the curve worldwide, while a quarter of the respondents disagree with this.

Read alsoIndia delays big exports of AstraZeneca shot as infections surge – media"It is distinctive that half of those who are ready to be vaccinated believe that mass vaccination against the coronavirus will reduce the number of cases globally," the sociologists said.

What is more, about a third of the pollees believe that most or all vaccines are safe. At the same time, almost half believe that only some vaccines are safe, while another 16% of the respondents are convinced that all vaccines are dangerous.

A total of 55% of Ukrainians agree that vaccines have been developed to protect people from diseases, but 38% claim that vaccines are about making money on people and a way to control them.

Mechanics of the poll

The poll was conducted through computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI), using a random selection of cell numbers.

The sample is representative of the adult population (aged 18 and older).

Some 1,500 respondents were polled in all regions of Ukraine except Crimea and other Russia-occupied parts of Ukraine, namely certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The margin of error does not exceed 2.5%.

Vaccination in Ukraine

  • On February 24, 2021, Ukraine launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Doctors who treat COVID-19 patients, ambulance teams, laboratory personal involved in COVID-19 testing, residents and staff of nursing homes, as well as military personnel in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone in Donbas are to be vaccinated at the first stage.
  • Today, the vaccination campaign is underway in Ukraine with CoviShield (AstraZeneca), a recombinant vector vaccine produced under license at Serum Institute of India.
  • In total, 155,587 people have received their first shot of the vaccine since the launch of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Ukraine, while one person has already received two shots of the CoviShield vaccine to complete the vaccination course.
  • As of today, 341,952 Ukrainians have signed up for the COVID-19 vaccination waiting list.