Portuguese confident about safety of Covid-19 vaccine

in News · 14-08-2020 01:00:00 · 22 Comments

The Portuguese are among the Europeans who show the greatest desire to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with three out of four expressing this intention when the vaccine is available.

A study by the Faculty of Economics of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa shows that 70 percent of Portuguese people are “completely confident” that the vaccine against Covid-19 will be safe, with the percentage of confidence rising in those between 55 and 64 years old, of which 79 percent believe in their safety.

Researchers from Nova SBE joined teams from the University of Hamburg, Rotterdam Erasmus University and Bocconi University to understand how the European population looks at the pandemic and how much they trust the decisions of policy makers.

For this, they carried out an online study in two phases, which covered, in each one, more than 7,000 participants from seven European countries (Germany, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom) taking into account the region, age, gender and education.

Between the first wave of inquiries, which took place between 2 and 15 April 2020, and the second, which took place between 9 and 22 June, the Portuguese remain the Europeans who show greater desire to be vaccinated against Covid -19 (75 percent).

A slight increase in the willingness to be vaccinated (6 percentage points) was observed in the respondents, aged between 55 and 64 years.
“Men are the most willing to be vaccinated (78 percent), as well as individuals with high levels of education (78 percent). In addition, those who know someone officially diagnosed with Covid-19 are more willing to get vaccinated than those who don’t know anyone with Covid-19 (81 percent vs 74 percent),” says Nova BSE.

Regarding the possibility that the vaccine may not be available in sufficient numbers for everyone to be vaccinated immediately, the Portuguese argue that the priority to whom it should be administered should be defined by a national team of specialists (73 percent), by the health organisations that administer the vaccine (68 percent) and the Ministry of Health (52 percent).

The vast majority of Portuguese think that, priority access to the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus vaccine, which causes Covid-19 disease, should be given to people with a higher risk of infection, for example, people who care for someone who is sick with Covid-19 or people in vital professions (91 percent) and the most vulnerable individuals (89 percent).

Overall, most respondents disagree that the vaccine should be administered on a “first come first served” basis (68 percent against).
Two-thirds disagree that people who are generally healthy and live a healthy lifestyle (66 percent against) or who can afford to pay (61 percent against) have priority in administering the vaccine.
In addition, 42 percent of Portuguese agree that a person’s personal characteristics should not play a role in deciding who gets vaccinated first.


I love Portugal. However, the people are largely, as someone has suggested above, scientifically illiterate. Covid-19 has a death rate (as of this writing) well below .5%. And as testing increases, that rate becomes even lower. And for this we are going to destroy the economy? For this we are going to gamble with the lives of our children (and future generations)? It's time to wake up Portugal. Tell big Pharma and the Gates foundation to 'take a hike

By P. Ferreira from USA on 25-08-2020 09:40

@Michael Andrews, if you are so confident that these untested vaccines are effective, why do you want "us" to go and live on an island? If it is effective "we" shouldn't be a threat to you or your herd and you can bleat 'told you so' to your heart's content.
Meanwhile in the real world, it takes 5 years to properly develop a vaccine and another 5 years to test it properly, the latter having been swept aside to appease noissy politicians. It seems you are happy to volunteer yourself for the testing, putting your trust in these wonderful scientists (who are indemnified from any claims against them) and of course the great government who never lies and has only our best interests at heart.

By TT from Algarve on 20-08-2020 06:50

To all the anti vaccine brigade who are so arrogant to refute what incredible and ingenious scientists We are blessed with in this fragile world of ours, please go and live on a desert island all together so We mere mortals don’t have out to put up with your silly arrogance and obliviousness to your stupidity .

By Michael Andrews from Algarve on 18-08-2020 01:29

Only natural products? What is really natural??? Everything is polluted now...air, water, food....your lucky to die a "natural" death!

By William from Other on 17-08-2020 05:31

Do you have a link to the study?

By Christian from Porto on 17-08-2020 04:01

I've just moved from the UK to Portugal and this is great news. How wonderful to be surrounded by a smart citizenry that isn't so susceptible to misinformation and conspiracy theories. Good on you Portugal, you must have had a good education ????????

By Christian from Porto on 17-08-2020 03:45

... The other 30% said they preferred sugar on their cornflakes.

By Love Steve from Alentejo on 16-08-2020 09:31

And as the masses jump over the cliff, oh well i might as well do it too, when the majority of people are addicted to the telenovella, what can i say, the brain drain happened well before the 50's and going strong.

By Mr John from Algarve on 16-08-2020 09:07

Don’t take it!

By Nick from Other on 16-08-2020 07:11

Eu gostaria muito de receber ou pagar a vacina,eu minha filha e meu marido,somos brasileiros, estamos em Londres,.Mais pessoas com câncer,baixa imunidade,e idosos primeiro.Nem se pode discutir,eles primeiro.Quem não quer não toma, desde que assuma as responsabilidades....

By Eliana Fermiano from UK on 15-08-2020 10:55

Not in my household.

By susan from Alentejo on 15-08-2020 06:44


By PRINCE AWODIKE from Lisbon on 15-08-2020 06:10

Where did you find this load of bs? Microsoft news or Expresso?

By João P C Correia from Lisbon on 15-08-2020 04:42

If it helps in relation to the Virus
I think you should have it after having COVID-19 myself

By Lisa from Lisbon on 15-08-2020 12:34

In my body only natural products rule. Vaxx for the Sheeple. You can have mine. I will donate my share of the trillions to Melinda Gates. #stickitupyours de-fund The Gates Foundation. De-fund The Who. Kill bill.

By Rui de Castro o Pirata ????‍☠️ from Lisbon on 15-08-2020 10:12

This is utter nonsense. The most vulnerable to side affects are the people that really want the vaccine? Silly.

By Jordan Gross from Lisbon on 15-08-2020 03:42

I´m portuguese, have lots of friends, now lots of people, and I don´t now one person that whant´s the vacine.
Strong marketing for a lie...

By Ricardo from Madeira on 14-08-2020 09:03

Unfortunately, the media spread panic with scary pictures and irrelevant statistics but don't inform about the risks and possible side effects of this new vaccine. The vaccine, which most likely will be on the market next year, is a mRNA vaccine which has never existed before. Side effects, let alone long term side effects, are unknown, but there is a great chance that it can induce autoimmun diseases and even cancer among others. The test criteria for vaccines have been changed recently, so that long term side effects can not be evaluated. To my knowledge not the producing company but the governments have to cope with the costs of the treatment of vaccine related damages.

By Monika from Lisbon on 14-08-2020 04:45

Neither me nor my family want to be vaccinated ..and we should be free to decide what we want in our bodies..

By maria from Algarve on 14-08-2020 03:35

We have the highest scientific illiteracy rate in Europe, so this is hardly news.

By João Soares from Lisbon on 14-08-2020 01:36

Yeah right.

By Pedro from Lisbon on 14-08-2020 11:59

Ignorance is bliss...

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 14-08-2020 09:03
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