According to a recent survey by the national statistical institute STATEC, almost 82% of Luxembourg residents are willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In May and June 2021, STATEC, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), conducted a survey aimed at measuring respondents' trust in others and in national institutions, as part of the "TrustLab" project.
The results of the survey indicated that trust in both science and the work of scientists were key factors in explaining an individual's preference for taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly three-quarters of respondents reported having strong trust in science and more than two-thirds said they strongly trusted the work of scientists. Similar trends have been observed in northern Europe and the United States (US).
STATEC argued that herd immunity could be in reach if the positive attitudes revealed by the study materialise. Almost 82% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that they were willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In contrast, 13% disagreed or strongly disagreed, whereas 5% adopted a neutral position.
In addition, nearly 72% of respondents said that they always used a face mask in public, while only 1.7% said that they never used them.
Based on this study, STATEC concluded that the more people trust science, the more likely they are to adopt health measures such as wearing a face mask and getting vaccinated.
In the coming months, STATEC will publish a more detailed analysis based on the TrustLab data, including some novel measurements through experiments.