Survey shows Covid vaccine gaining ground as lockdown fatigue grows

Survey shows Covid vaccine gaining ground as lockdown fatigue grows

The coronavirus vaccination is gaining some traction among Greeks who appear increasingly eager to see lockdown measures being lifted, a survey by Pulse on Monday showed.

According to the survey, which was conducted for Skai television, 61% of respondents “definitely” plan to have the shot compared to 59% at the start of the month. Moreover, 82% are generally in favor of the vaccine against 80% on March 1 and just 16% are opposed to it today, compared with 18% at the start of the month.

More people are also calling for a further easing of lockdown measures, at a rate of 35% today from 24% a month ago, with 34% being in favor of small extension of restrictions pending a re-evaluation of the data (from 39% on March 1) and 17% in favor of an extension “for as long as it takes” (from 29%).

Retail commerce is the first activity that needs to reopen for 42% of respondents, followed by schools for 30% and travel between regions for 14%.

Respondents were almost equally split over the government’s management of the health crisis, with 47% saying the administration is doing a good job and another 47% saying it is not. As far as the SYRIZA opposition’s response to the pandemic is concerned, 62% of respondents took a negative view, as opposed to 30% who had a positive opinion.

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