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IRES poll finds over 80 pct of Romanians are pro-vaccination

More than 80 percent of the respondents to a poll conducted by the Romanian Institute for Assessment and Strategy (IRES) say “the benefits of vaccination are greater than the risks of adverse reactions.”

The Ministry of Health released on April 10 the Vaccination Bill, a regulatory act that establishes the legal framework for vaccination and for the purchase of vaccines, and which had been announced as early as in 2015. In this context, IRES carried out a poll to assess the public perception of the provisions of the draft piece of legislation under debate, as well as the population’s views on the topic of children’s immunization, informs a release.

The poll found that 83 percent of the respondents believe that immunization with vaccines under the national immunization schedule is good, and children have to be vaccinated, while 15 percent think some vaccines are not good for children. There is also a 1 percent sample who think vaccination is bad for children.

According to the poll respondents, the main reasons why vaccination rates have fallen in Romania in recent years are the shortage of vaccines (27 percent) and media running stories about vaccination-triggered diseases (27 percent).

If they had a newborn, 94 percent of the respondents said they would choose to vaccinate according to the national immunization schedule and 5 percent would choose not to do so, IRES said.

A share of 36 percent of the respondents believe that the parents who do not immunize their children under the national vaccination program should be fined and 33 percent said they should be compelled to cover the costs of treatment in case of illness.

The poll was conducted on a 1,011-strong sample aged 18 and over by the computer assisted telephone interview method on April 18 and 19. The maximum permissible error of the poll is plus/minus 3 percent.

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