Young people are most hesitant about taking the Covid-19 vaccine, while those aged 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to express interest in getting it.

This is according to data of a 2021 Consumer Economic Study (CES) conducted by Market Facts & Opinions (2000) Ltd (MFO) over the period April 14 to May 3, 2021.

Respondents were asked to indicate their perceptions of the Covid-19 vaccine, and whether they were prepared to be vaccinated.

Nine hundred and seventy-three interviews were conducted to uncover the population’s opinions of current and expected personal finances, general sentiments of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government performance, business conditions and purchasing conditions.

According to the study, media announcements of two deaths shortly after being inoculated—­including that of Minister Franklin Khan—created the sharpest dip in feelings of doubt about being ­vaccinated.

“The cohort in favour of taking the vaccine appears fragile and showed little growth over the period. At the end of the survey period, there was the announcement of further restrictions, this caused spikes in reported responsible behaviour, possibly reflecting public fear. However, there was no correlation between this fear and the desire to get vaccinated,” the study states.

The MFO data shows the country is divided on vaccines. “There is no majority opinion. A plurality of persons (45 per cent) disagree that they will take a Covid-19 vaccine should it become available.

Persons in the 65-and-older age cohort (possibly high co-morbidity groups) are more likely than any other age group to express interest in getting the vaccine. Young persons are the most hesitant about taking the vaccine, indicative of social media (home of misinformation) influence and individualistic ways (lack of social norms),” it stated.

Half of respondents hold the view that the Government is doing its best to secure vaccines for the country, the study found.

“Advocates strongly believe in these efforts by the Government. Three in four Reluctants, despite their unwillingness to take the vaccine, acknowledge the efforts that the government has made to secure vaccines.

“The Uncertains, those who are on the fence about taking the vaccine, disagree that the Government is making its best efforts. A low net score of -77 is attained for this group, as a result.”

The study put the percentage of vaccine Advocates at 24 per cent of the population, the Uncertains at 37 per cent and the Reluctants at 40 per cent.

The data also shows those who are most interested in getting the vaccine reside in the Couva/Taba­quite/Talparo area, while those who are least interested reside in the North Central and Central areas. “These and other strong pockets of disagreement, suggest that there is much work ahead to attain the touted herd immunity level (70%+),” the study added.

Meanwhile, the study notes that mask wearing has become a common practice and will likely continue even after persons get vaccinated.

A majority of persons (nine in ten) who have either “­strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they will definitely get vaccinated (Vaccine Optimists), will continue wearing their mask, the study stated, adding: “This sentiment is no different across the ethnic groups.”


Nine hundred and seventy-three interviews were conducted between April 14 and May 3 via telephone (521) and online (452).

Telephone interviews formed a random national representative sample, ie, the sample matches the distribution of the population re: key demographic variables such as ethnicity, location, age and gender.

Online interviews were drawn from MFO’s proprietary panels and a pool from Facebook audiences. The full sample was re-weighted to ensure the representativeness of the entire population.

The sample sizes yielded a margin of error of 3.06 per cent at a 95 per cent confidence level.


Three Opposition MPs are calling on the Government and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to have a heart and stop disconnecting the water supply of errant customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein yesterday wrote to WASA’s executive director Lennox Sealey urging him to suspend the drive and display humanity as people are suffering and strapped for cash in the pandemic given the lockdowns.

The same UNC people calling on the Government to instruct WASA to hold its hand on debt collection are the same ones who complain in the Parliament and elsewhere that they constituents are not getting water.

“You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have your cake and eat it,” Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said yesterday, as he responded to calls from several UNC MPs to grant a moratorium on the payment of water rates and stop its disconnection drive during the pandemic because people are under pressure.

Smooth sailing.

Braving inclement weather, Barataria resident Kenneth Campbell, 84, boasted he had gotten his second Sinopharm vaccine at Barataria Health Centre yesterday.

While awaiting his driver, Campbell, father of late forest ranger Keith Campbell (who was killed in the line of duty in 2016), said: “The first vaccine, I got was from a man. I did not feel it. The second vaccine was from a woman, and I felt it. It went well.”

Starting Wednesday and yesterday, he was among thousands of elderly citizens (age 65 and up) who got vaccines under the Health Ministry’s “Triple E System—the Elderly Express Experience.”

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is reminding citizens that patrols will be out prior to and during the enforcement of this weekend’s extended curfew.

In a media release issued yesterday, Griffith noted the actions and comments of “social media trained law enforcement experts”, who appeared to be questioning the rationale in implementing roadblocks throughout the country.

Time is critical if you are searching for a missing loved one.

Kelvin Ballantyne had been missing for about three months from his Tobago home before his family members in Trinidad were informed that he had disappeared.

Kelvin, also known as “Redman”, is described by his sister, Cindy Noel, as “one of the most well-known people in Lambeau, and maybe even across the island because of his job as an electrician”.