70% of Indians not aware that all above 18 will be eligible to take the Covid vaccine

Only 25 per cent of people in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were aware of vaccine eligibility.


The Print in collaboration with PRASHNAM asked two questions to 2,247 adult Indians across eight states — Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh; and 284 districts. 67 per cent were male and 33 per cent female. 60 per cent were youth (<40 years), 29 per cent middle-aged and 11 per cent seniors (>60).

Who do you think will be eligible to take the Covid vaccine?

a: Only health workers and other essential services people

b: All above the age of 45

c: All above the age of 18

d: Don’t know

If Covid vaccine is available to you, will you take it?

a: Yes

b: No

c: Don’t know

Expectedly, the awareness was much higher in the more developed southern states – 60% of people in the southern states were aware that people above 18 will be eligible for the vaccine.

The vast majority of Indians are willing to take the Covid vaccine, if available.

55% of people in Hindi states are willing to take the Covid vaccine. 63% of Gujaratis and 76% of Keralites are willing.

Surprisingly, vaccine scepticism seems to be high in Tamil Nadu where only 43% of people said they will take the vaccine.

Please read the entire report on The Print here

The raw response data is available here