Press release №2353
09.08.2021
VACCINATION WITH MANDATORY ELEMENTS: PROS AND CONS

IN BRIEF

  • 77% of Russians have heard that Moscow and the Moscow region authorities announced mandatory vaccination for service workers
  • 56% of Russians consider that mandatory COVID-19 vaccination meets the COVID-19 situation.

June 23, 2021. VCIOM presents the data of a survey describing Russian attitudes towards mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in Moscow and the Moscow region.

More than three-quarters of Russians (77%) know that Moscow and the Moscow region authorities made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for at least 60% of service workers. Twenty-two percent of Russians heard about that for the first time. They are often young Russians aged 18-34 (30-31%).

More than half of respondents (56%) believe that mandatory vaccination meets the coronavirus situation in these regions. Every fourth respondent (25%) considers that mandatory vaccination hardly meets the COVID-19 situation.

Every second respondent (52%) believes that mandatory vaccination for service workers will help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Moscow and the Moscow region. This opinion is mainly shared by persons living in the cities with 100,000 inhabitants and rural area (54-58%). One-third of respondents oppose this opinion (34%); 14% could not give a definite answer.

Almost every second respondent (49%) favors mandatory COVID-19 vaccination; 30% oppose them; 16% remain indifferent.

Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on June 20, 2021. A total of 1,600 of Russians aged 18 and older took part in the survey. Results are based on telephone interviews. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

This week Moscow and the Moscow region authorities have adopted mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in Moscow and Moscow region for at least 60% of workers employed in the service sector (f.e., food service, education, housing and public utilities, public transport, etc.) . Do you know, have you heard, or do you hear for the first time about it?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Ages 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60+
I know, I heard about it 77 69 70 76 80 85
I hear about it for the first time 22 31 30 24 20 15
Don’t know 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

In your opinion, does obligatory COVID-19 vaccination for service sector workers in Moscow and the Moscow region meet the COVID-19 situation in these regions, or likely not? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Ages 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60+
Likely to meet the situation 56 53 47 53 53 68
Likely not to meet the situation 25 32 33 30 26 12
Don’t know 19 14 20 17 20 20

 

In your opinion, will obligatory COVID-19 vaccination for service sector workers in Moscow and the Moscow region help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in these regions, or not? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Moscow and St Petersburg Million-plus cities 500-950 thousand inhabitants 100-500 thousand inhabitants Less than100 thousand inhabitants Rural area
Likely yes 52 48 54 44 51 58 54
Likely not 34 41 37 40 35 29 29
Don’t know 14 11 9 16 14 13 17

 

How do you generally perceive mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for most of service workers in Moscow and the Moscow region? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Moscow and St Petersburg Million-plus cities 500-950 thousand inhabitants 100-500 thousand inhabitants Less than100 thousand inhabitants Rural area
Likely positively 49 49 49 42 49 54 49
Likely negatively 30 36 31 32 31 29 24
Likely indifferent 16 14 17 16 16 12 19
Don’t know 5 1 3 9 4 5 9

 

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