This insights report delves into young people’s opinions and expectations of COVID-19 interventions including the HSE Contact Tracing App, a potential vaccine and a possibility of a lockdown.
Two-thirds of respondents have downloaded the HSE COVID-19 Tracker app. Reasons for not downloading the app include privacy concerns, issues with their phone’s age or storage and the person’s location. One-third of respondents have concerns about the app, in particular, concerns about privacy and effectiveness.
First impressions of the app are broadly positive, with users saying that the app is simple, easy-to-use and informative. Notable complaints include the Bluetooth draining battery life and the lack of notification to remind users to check-in.
Even though 66% have the app, less than a quarter of that number “check-in” daily to report any symptoms, or if you’re feeling well.
75% of all respondents believe that there will be a vaccine before the end of 2021. However, 15% are unwilling to take a vaccine once one is available. The given reasons include fears that testing hasn’t been sufficient, waiting to see if there will be long-term effects and general health reasons.
66% of respondents believe there will be a second lockdown, with 85% expecting another lockdown within the next four months.
Overall, it is not a very promising outlook from Ireland’s youth: