Vaccine hesitancy has risen sharply in France since European countries chose to suspend the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, Euronews reports. Both the European Medical Agency and the World Health Organisation have insisted the vaccine is safe and effective in protecting against Covid-19.
A number of European nations have resumed using the jab, but Norway and Denmark have extended their suspensions. Around 42% of French respondents thought the AstraZeneca jab unsafe in a YouGov survey last month.
But after the suspensions, that figure has now climbed to more than 60%. Euronews asked for the thoughts of some people in the French city of Lyon. “There is some mixed information about the efficacy and side effects, so I am not really sure. I would prefer to get the Pfizer vaccine,” one man said.
“I am afraid of that [AstraZeneca] vaccine,” said a woman who is getting the Pfizer vaccine next month.