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COVID-19 VACCINES: Safety fears and potential side effects putting people off vaccine, official figures show

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Data from the Office for National Statistics found people were also worried about the speed the vaccine has been developed

Caroline Nicolls receive an injection of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine administered by nurse Amy Nash, at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, Berkshire. The Moderna vaccine is the third to be approved for use in the UK, and is now being given to patients in England. Picture date: Tuesday April 13, 2021.

Safety fears are the most common reason for people not getting a coronavirus vaccine, official figures have shown.

The speed at which the jab has been developed and potential long-term side effects were also among concerns, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Another major reason is many think catching COVID-19 does not pose a significant risk to their health – particularly young people and those who believe their immune systems are strong enough to fight the virus without the jab.

Ethnically diverse communities are less likely to have had a first dose of the vaccine compared to white people in Britain, according to ONS figures from December to April.

A nurse prepares the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen, the third vaccine to be approved for use in the UK, which is to be given to patients in Wales from Wednesday. Picture date: Wednesday April 7, 2021.

The Black Caribbean community in the UK has the lowest take-up rate – with just 66.8% of over 50s booking a jab.

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