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2021.08.13 11:02

Lithuanians split in support for mandatory vaccination – poll

BNS2021.08.13 11:02

Lithuanians are split between support and opposition to mandatory vaccination against Covid-19, a new survey by Vilmorus shows.

Carried out on July 29 through August 5, the survey showed that 50.3 percent of respondents said they were against mandatory vaccination, while 42 percent responded positively. Another 7.7 percent had no opinion on the issue.

Commenting on the results, sociologist Vladas Gaidys, head of Vilmorus, said he saw major differences in terms of age, education and income.

"On the one hand, there's belief in vaccines as a good thing and education," he said.

Among people with higher education, 51.2 percent back the idea of mandatory vaccination, and 43.8 percent are against. The percentages stood at 37.7 and 53.3 percent respectively among people with secondary, further education or special secondary education.

"Education correlates with income as there were more people backing mandatory vaccination in higher-income groups," Gaidys said.

Younger people were more often against vaccination than older people. A total of 58.4 percent were against mandatory vaccination among respondents up to the age of 29. The percentage stood at 56.8 percent in the 30–39 age group. Meanwhile, the percentages were fairly equal – 45.6 and 48.1 percent among 40-year-olds.

Some 35 percent of those in the 50–59 age group would back mandatory vaccination, and 58.5 would be against. The percentages stood at 44.5 and 47.8 percent respectively among 60-year-olds, and 54.2 percent among 70-year-olds were in favour of mandatory vaccination.

Health Minister Arunas Dulkys said earlier discussions might be held in the autumn on mandatory vaccination for certain professions. There are no plans in Lithuania to make vaccination mandatory for all people.

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