Public Health Wales (PHW) has been conducting regular assessments since April 2020 to highlight the effect of COVID-19 on the physical, mental and social well-being of Welsh people and how they are coping with the pandemic. The national engagement survey is a part of a series of measures introduced by PHW to support public health and well-being.
Key findings for 20-26 July 2020 (week 16) are as follows:
- Eighty-three per cent of adults were willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if a vaccine were to become available, 10 per cent were not willing and 7 per cent were unsure.
- Among individuals who had children, 78 per cent said they were willing to have their children vaccinated, 8 per cent were not and 13 per cent were unsure.
- Forty-two per cent of individuals reported having left their home every day in the last week. This figure was 34 per cent in week 14.
- Forty-four per cent of individuals reported coming in close contact with at least three others beyond their household or extended household in the last seven days.
- Fifty-four per cent of individuals reported handwashing or use of hand sanitizer more than10 times on the previous day. This figure was 51 per cent in week 14.
- Seventy-seven per cent of individuals believed that the restrictions implemented to manage COVID-19 are ‘about right’. This figure was 74 per cent in week 14.
Professor Karen Hughes, from PHW, said: "There is a huge amount of work underway to try and develop a vaccine against COVID-19, and it is very positive to see that more than eight out of 10 people in Wales would want to be vaccinated if such a vaccine did become available."