Some statistics on disabled people and vaccines

We have taken a look at results from the Ministry of Health's Horizon study - research that is part of an ongoing series that looks into New Zealanders’ attitudes and public sentiment towards the COVID-19 vaccines to see what we could unpack about disabled people.

Key statistics 

 From August 2021:

  • 64% of those living with impairments or long-term health conditions and 61% of those who identify as disabled reported as already being vaccinated, in comparison to 53% of all respondents.

  • 12% of those that identified as disabled reported being unlikely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 9% of all respondents

  • Overall potential uptake by respondents who identify as disabled is 86%, same as all respondents

  • People who reported living with impairments or long-term health conditions, or individuals who identified as disabled, were more concerned than average about:
    •      Whether the vaccine will adversely affect their existing medical conditions and symptoms.
    •      How the side effects would affect them.
    •      What might happen if they have an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
    •      Whether the vaccine might affect their health in other ways.
    •      Whether the vaccine may leave their health worse overall.

  •      Those who identified as disabled noted the following key influences for vaccination uptake:
    •  “Being vaccinated will protect me from the effects of COVID-19” (31%).
    •  “Information about side-effects” (27%).
    • “The benefits of taking the vaccine would outweigh any risks” (24%).
    •  “Helping protect the health of my family/whānau and those closest to me” (23%).
    •  “Has been through extensive, properly conducted, clinical trials” (22%).
    •  “Helping reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and the prospect of further lockdowns and economic harm” (20%).

Read more about the study on the Ministry of Health website. 

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