The 38th report on the motivation barometer was made available on the 21st of December 2021. This report focuses on the threat of the Omicron variant, perceptions surrounding the booster vaccination, and the vaccination of children.
Short description of report
As the holiday season approaches for the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on Belgian soil, the evolution of the epidemiological situation is unpredictable to say the least. The fourth wave is in a downward phase, although hospitalization levels are still high. The authorities have responded to this in three successive consultative committees. These have been met with a great deal of skepticism by both the media and the public. A new threat is looming with the arrival of the Omicron variant, which all current data indicate is particularly contagious. The administration of a third dose of vaccine, but also the vaccination of children suffering from co-morbidities seem to be necessary responses to this evolution. However, it is clear that although vaccination is necessary, it will not be sufficient. The follow-up of the measures remains a 'must'. In this context, the end-of-year celebrations, which are an occasion for large gatherings, constitute a significant challenge. In view of this situation, this report aims to answer the following four questions:
Question 1: How do motivation and risk perception change?
Question 2. How does the population intend to approach the end of the year celebrations?
Question 3. How does the wellbeing of the population change with the arrival of the Omicron variant?
Question 4. How do parents feel about vaccinating their children aged 5 to 11?