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Two-thirds of Britons would get COVID-19 jab; less among the young - poll

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LONDON (Reuters) - Almost two-thirds of people in Britain say they would get vaccinated for COVID-19 but young people are far more likely to refuse a jab than older people, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.

The poll, by public opinion research firm Kantar, showed 22% of respondents said they would definitely or probably not get a coronavirus vaccine, rising to 38% of 18-24 year-olds.

Only 5% of those aged 65 and over and 16% of those aged 55-64 said they would probably or definitely not get vaccinated.

Kantar said the poll found that 75% of people with a degree-level of education planned to get the vaccine compared with 57% of people without one.

Health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday that vaccinations for COVID-19 will be optional in Britain.

Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison