Most Brazilians see the vaccine as the only safe way to protect themselves against COVID-19 and consider the lack of government planning as the main reason for the delay in immunizing the population. These are some of the key takeaways of a survey carried out by the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) in partnership with the Institute for Social, Political, and Economic Research (Ipespe).
According to the survey, for which 3,000 Brazilians over 18 years old were interviewed at the beginning of March, 81% consider vaccination speed to be unsatisfactory and slow because the government should have been better prepared for this. Only 16% said that the country’s vaccination pace is proceeding as expected given the supply of immunizers and the worldwide demand.
At the same time, 62% of respondents said they believed that only in 2022, most of Brazil’s population would be vaccinated against the disease.
Indeed, Brazil’s vaccination pace is above the world’s average, but far from what it would be necessary to prevent the disease from spreading. Until Monday, 4% of the Brazilian population – which has 212.5 million inhabitants – received their first shot against COVID-19.