The opinion on how we are proceeding from an organizational point of view to favor mass vaccination is very positive for more than 70% of citizens. However, if you ask for an opinion on the way in which information is being managed towards the population, the percentages decrease sharply and only 25% say they are satisfied. After the case of Camilla Canepa, the girl who died of thrombosis after taking AstraZeneca and for which the link between the vaccine and the cause of death is being verified, the government took yet another step backwards, contradicting the indications it had already given .. .
The judgement on how it is proceeding from an organizational point of view to favor the mass vaccination is very positive for more than the 70% of citizens. But if you ask for an opinion on the way you are managing information in relation to the population, the percentages decrease sharply e only 25% say they are satisfied. After the case of Camilla Canepa, the girl died of thrombosis after taking AstraZeneca and for which the link between the vaccine and the cause of death is being verified, the government has taken yet another step backwards, contradicting the indications it had already given previously: AstraZeneca can now be inoculated only to over 60s.
Vaccines to young people: doubtful scientists
In short, a change of course that has disoriented the Italians reviving the fear, which seemed dormant in the last month, that the scientific world does not really know risks and benefits of the vaccine for each demographic profile of the population. The message that the vaccine is safe for everyone has gone from one day to the next, even for the youngest, that in particular AstraZeneca does not present greater risks than the other vials on the market, to the indication by the government to the Regions not to administer AstraZeneca to people under 60.
It should also be borne in mind that the concerns about AstraZeneca did not arise only after the case of the poor girl who died in Liguria but even at the beginning of the vaccination campaign when many nations, including Italy, suspended vaccinations for a few days pending feedback on the risks. An important fact that must make us think is that for 61% it should have been, if not banned, at least limited only to the older AstraZeneca right from the start, as the risks were already evident from the beginning.
A further result that arises from the analysis carried out by Known Polls is that among those who have already been vaccinated, at least one in four has implemented strategies – even without success – to avoid receiving the AstraZeneca vial. Returning to the value of communication, 68% did not understand the difference between the various vaccines, which makes the general perception even more negative.
An indication that comes from citizens and that would have positively influenced the perception of security is that for 58% it would have been correct to carry out preventive diagnostic analyzes before proceeding with the vaccine, in order to reduce the risk of intolerance or serious side effects. By the way, more than half of the population (56%) puts GPs are under fire who in this period have not been able to inform their patients well about vaccination, in short, it is as if there had not been a suitable preparation to face the vaccine.
Finally, a final solicitation for the Government: 61% believe that just as there is the emergency commissioner to manage this pandemic phase, there should also be the role of the communication commissioner in order to enhance the flow of information with the population.
* Director of Noto Sondaggi
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