If Russia is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus epidemic and the first country to have approved a vaccine, as of August, a majority of the population does not intend to be vaccinated, according to a poll carried out in April by the Levada Institute and published on May 12.
According to the figures, 62% of those questioned are not ready to be vaccinated with Sputnik V, developed by Moscow and at the heart of Russian immunization policy and state communication.
Vladimir Putin wants to achieve collective immunity in the fall
This is the same rate as in the previous survey in February, but the percentage of people ready to be immunized has fallen to 26% in April from 30% in February. 10% of respondents said they had received the injection. These figures illustrate a lagging vaccination campaign in Russia, which is yet one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
The population remains suspicious despite calls from President Vladimir Putin, who himself had been vaccinated away from the cameras, and the campaign to promote the vaccine in the streets and on public television. Vladimir Putin insists that he wants to achieve collective immunity in the fall by vaccinating 70% of Russians.
A “light” version of Sputnik V
To date, nearly 10 million people have received both doses of the vaccine and 14 million more the first. The country has more than 146 million inhabitants. Russia has developed four vaccines to date, starting with its flagship product, Sputnik V. Its “light” one-dose version is set to be rolled out soon.
At the same time, 56% of Russians say they do not fear contamination, a rate identical to February but up sharply compared to 41% in December. The statistics agency Rosstat has counted around 250,000 deaths linked to the pandemic.