“Are you going to get vaccinated against Covid-19? This is THE question everyone is asking at the moment. While its development has long been hoped for, the vaccine against Sars-CoV-2, now causes a lot of mistrust. However, an Ifop * study carried out for Lemon.fr in partnership with Le Parisien in January reveals that a majority of French people now want to be vaccinated. They are thus 54% in this case, marking an increase of 15 points compared to December 1, 2020.
So much for themselves. But what do the French think of the possibility of imposing the vaccine? “Well it depends,” might be the answer. Indeed, in the case of a person wishing to visit someone vulnerable living for example in a hospital or nursing home, 60% of those questioned support the idea that the vaccine is imposed. But only one in two French people approve of the idea of imposing the vaccine on middle and high school students or spectators in cinemas and theaters.
As for the establishment of a “vaccination passport”, 62% of French people adhere to this option for people wishing to take the plane to go abroad. On the other hand, positions are less clear on the idea of imposing this document for the use of public transport (52%) or access to one’s workplace (50%). The French are even less favorable with regard to frequentation of shops (45%).
Two camps seem to be emerging in this debate. On the one hand, those who are in favor of the vaccine passport believe that it would relieve many sectors of the economy. On the other hand, opponents underline the danger for individual freedoms and the risks concerning the privacy of health data.
We still have a little time to comment on the issue in France. What Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs, guest on France Info, said on Sunday January 17 “This is an idea on which France considers that we should not open the debate now. When access to the vaccine is generalized, it will be a different subject ”. To be continued …
Ifop study for Lemon.fr
and Le Parisien carried out by self-administered online questionnaire from January 11 to 12, 2021 with a sample of 1,028 people, representative of the population aged 18 and over living in metropolitan France.