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Two out of three people said they would be likely to get a Covid-19 vaccine when one becomes available, according to research.

Nearly one in 10 people told a survey they were unlikely to have the coronavirus vaccination, while 27pc stated they were unsure about being immunised.

The findings, published in the journal Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, are based on a demographically representative sample of 1,500 adults in the UK.

The aim of the research, conducted by a team from Keele University and King’s College London in collaboration with Public Health England, was to get a broad picture of the expected uptake of a future Covid-19 vaccine.

As part of the study, researchers analysed associations between intention to be vaccinated when a jab becomes available, and socio-demographic factors such as age, race, ethnicity, and education.

The team found that those who had been previously vaccinated for flu, older people, those with more positive vaccination beliefs and attitudes, and people who perceived a greater risk of disease were more likely to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Conversely, being in a younger age group, not having a flu vaccine in the previous year, a belief that only people with serious risk of illness should have the vaccine, concern about adverse side effects, and holding negative beliefs about vaccines were associated with a lack of willingness to get the jab.

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