Majority of M'sians want to protect themselves, families from Covid-19, survey finds


PETALING JAYA: A market research survey has found that the majority of Malaysians who registered for the Covid-19 vaccination want to protect themselves and their families from the virus.

Market research technology firm Vase.ai, said 84% of respondents of its survey wanted to protect themselves and their families from contracting Covid-19 as well as for the country to achieve herd immunity quickly.

The survey also found that 10% registered for the vaccine because they were told to do so, such as being encouraged by the government or were workplace requirements, while 4% wanted to be able to travel to other places.

The survey was administered to Vase.ai’s online panel, where 1,150 Malaysians were surveyed and of those, 48% of respondents are males and 52% females.

Of the respondents for the survey, 27% were aged 18 to 24,30% aged 25 to 34, while 23% were those aged 35 to 44. For those aged 45 and above, the respondents to the survey were 20%.

Based on race, 67% of the respondents of the survey were bumiputera, while 23% were Chinese, 9% were Indian and the remaining were others.

The survey also found that for those who did not register for the immunisation programme, 72% of Malaysians wanted to take a “wait and see” approach while the rest did not plan to register at all.

“The main reasons Malaysians have not registered for the vaccination are that they are not confident in the efficacy of the vaccines (36%), and that they are afraid of the side effects (23%), ” it said in its survey that was published on Thursday (April 29).

Other reasons cited for not wanting to register for the vaccine were forgetting to register due to work or studies, being pregnant, breastfeeding their babies or having certain health conditions, and some did not think it was necessary to be vaccinated as they were not leaving their homes.

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