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Poll: Unvaccinated Bulgarians say they have antibodies or distrust vaccines

The largest group of unvaccinated Bulgarians say they are avoiding a Covid jab because they have enough antibodies and as many say the vaccines have not been tested well enough. This transpires in a representative poll by Talk Online Panels held online between July 20 and 23 among 1,003 respondents on a commission from Dnevnik.bg.

Sofia, 27 July 2021 (BTA/MIA) — The largest group of unvaccinated Bulgarians say they are avoiding a Covid jab because they have enough antibodies and as many say the vaccines have not been tested well enough. This transpires in a representative poll by Talk Online Panels held online between July 20 and 23 among 1,003 respondents on a commission from Dnevnik.bg.

A total of 65 percent of respondents in this poll were not vaccinated.

Close to half of respondents (42 percent) say the government should incentivize the vaccination process. Forty-six percent say they trust scientific reports on the matter, while 35 per cent do not. Twenty-four percent trust the health authorities, 23 percent trust their own doctor and 8 percent trust their friends.

Bulgarians are not supportive of mandatory measures to increase the scope of vaccination: only 15 percent support mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers and only 14 percent support the introduction of vaccination passports for access to public places.

Over half of respondents (57 percent) believe that a vaccination awareness campaign should focus on the benefits and risks.

Twenty percent say it should focus on the effect of not being vaccinated. Twenty percent say there is no need to get a vaccine.

A total of 193 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Bulgaria on Monday after 20,910 tests in Bulgaria, according to figures published on Tuesday on the national coronavirus information platform.

The active cases now total 7,456 with 729 patients in hospital, including 73 in intensive care. Five people died.

A total of 8,538 vaccine doses were administered on Monday, adding up to 1,976,628 doses in Bulgaria.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 16.7 percent of Bulgarians are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and 18.5 percent have had one dose only.

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