- The Office for National Statistics survey included 200 non-seizures in England
- If they thought it would protect themselves, they were most likely to have a seizure
- But being asked to be jabbed by an employer was least likely to motivate them.
Official data today suggested that making COVID vaccines mandatory is not the best way to boost the momentum.
The Office for National Statistics survey asked nearly 200 unvaccinated people what might prompt them to jab.
The reminder that how it could protect them and their loved ones from the virus was most likely to motivate them to get the vaccine, with a fifth saying that it would be the biggest factor that could affect them.
Some 16 percent said the main reason they stopped would be to ease restrictions and return to normalcy and go on leave.
But being asked by employers to get vaccinated would be a major motivator for only 13 percent of unvaccinated people.
This makes it as persuasive as offering vouchers or purchase discounts to get vaccinated.
The graph above shows what unvaccinated people said in September for protection against COVID. Being told by an employer that keeping their job was least likely to encourage them to get a job
The survey also included people who were not vaccinated. The most common reason for getting the jab was to ease restrictions and let life get back to normal.
NHS staff will need to be double jaded
Frontline NHS workers in England must receive two doses of the COVID vaccine by next spring or they will lose their jobs, the government is expected to announce today.
Sources in Whitehall claim the April deadline – first mooted last week – will give unvaccinated workers enough time to get their jabs in place without risking a mass exodus in the winter.
The BBC report said only the COVID vaccine would be mandatory with the flu jab, but would not be required for staff on hospital wards.
The move would bring the NHS in line with care homes, where staff have until Thursday to get their second COVID job or will be fired.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed the policy last night after an investigation found that 11,000 patients died after contracting the virus in one ward in NHS hospitals while another was being treated for the condition.
But unions slammed the ‘heavy-handed’ plans, warning that they are neither ‘necessary nor proportionate’, noting that more than 90 percent of health workers have already been double-jabbed.
Defending the government’s stance this morning, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said vulnerable people being treated in hospitals and care homes should be ‘properly protected’.
Experts today called for a renewed emphasis on campaigns promoting the benefits of immunization to boost the campaign.
He said making jabs mandatory “may be less successful” encourages people to take jabs and makes those who are hesitant to the vaccine even more resistant.
Ministers are set to ratify mandatory vaccines for frontline NHS workers today, reflecting the same controversial move taken for care home workers.
But unions have warned that it could reverse and exacerbate the labor crisis in both sectors.
Professor Helen Bedford, a children’s health specialist at University College London who was not involved in the research, told MailOnline that the ONS report was ‘important’.
She said: ‘This clearly shows that the message about vaccination for COVID needs to be emphasized on the benefits of vaccination for ourselves and others.
‘Requiring people to get vaccinated may be less successful and may have significant drawbacks, such as making those with suspicion even more resistant.’
The ONS survey was conducted in September, two months before Covid jobs became mandatory for care home workers.
This included 4,000 volunteers who disclosed they did not want to get the vaccine when questioned at the beginning of the year.
But when the latest survey was conducted, four in ten of the previously hesitant adults revealed that they have since decided to get the Kovid vaccine.
Care home workers will need to take two doses of the COVID vaccine from Thursday to keep their jobs.
But with 60,000 workers yet to be fully vaccinated – about a tenth of the workforce – Health wants the deadline to be delayed or even ditched.
They warn that this will prompt hundreds of homes to close or limit the number of beds they have because of low staffing levels.
Frontline NHS workers may also be asked to receive two doses of the COVID vaccine to continue working in the field.
But unions and health leaders today called the policy “heavy-handed” and warned it was “neither necessary nor proportionate”. Some said it would be a ‘real problem’ if it led to mass exodus of employees.
About 110,000 doctors, nurses and administrative staff in the NHS are yet to find jobs – the equivalent of eight per cent of the workforce.
Some 100,000 NHS workers have not yet received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, statistics show. The graph above shows the percentage who received their first dose (blue line) and the percentage who received both doses (orange line).
The map above shows the 20 hospital trusts in England with the lowest proportion of completely closed staff. Data is up to 30th September, latest available
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said last month that he was leaning towards making the Covid vaccine mandatory for people working in the NHS.
But health leaders called on him to delay plans until April to ensure the health service expects a very tough winter.
A source involved in the discussion said last week Mr Javid was ‘really divided’ over the decision.