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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 8 March 2021

ONS have published the latest data on sub-groups of the UK population and hesitancy to the coronavirus vaccine. The main points include:

Over the period 13 January to 7 February 2021 :

  • around 9 in 10 (91%) adults reported positive sentiment towards the vaccine, while 9% of adults reported vaccine hesitancy

  • more than 4 in 10 (44%) Black or Black British adults reported vaccine hesitancy; this was the highest of all ethnic groups

  • around 1 in 6 (16%) adults in the most deprived areas of England (based on Index of Multiple Deprivation) reported vaccine hesitancy, compared with 7% of adults in the least deprived areas of England

  • "Side effects", "long term effects on health" and "how well the vaccine works" were the top three reasons for reporting negative sentiment towards the vaccine; this was consistent across all population groups

Read the ONS roundup