Fewer Disabled People Wary of Having Coronavirus Vaccine

According the the Government’s latest monthly report, Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 29 January 2021, fewer disabled people are likely to refuse the chance to have a Covid-19 vaccination, compared to non-disabled adults. Here’s what the report says:


A slightly higher percentage of non-disabled adults (8%) reported that they were unlikely to have the vaccine compared with disabled adults (6%). Among adults who said they were unlikely to have the vaccine, the most common reasons among both disabled and non-disabled adults were:

  • being worried about the long-term effects on their health (42% amongst disabled adults compared with 45% amongst non-disabled adults)
  • being worried about the side effects (41% compared with 49%)
  • waiting to see how well the vaccine works (36% compared with 45%)

Nearly a third (30%) of disabled adults, who said they were unlikely to have the vaccine, said they were worried about the effect on an existing health condition, compared with 6% of non-disabled adults who said they were unlikely to have the vaccine (Figure 8).