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Date Last Updated: 16-03-2021

Survey Name:

Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey February 2021: Well-being
Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey February 2021: Impact of School Closures
Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey February 2021: Vaccination Attitudes and Holiday Expectations

Survey purpose:

The Social Impact of COVID-19 survey was undertaken to measure the impact COVID-19 has had on Irish society in February 2021. The survey focussed on the impact that COVID-19 has had on personal well-being, the impact of school closures, vaccine attitudes and holiday expectations. It also covered topics such as levels of compliance with government guidelines, return to life similar to pre-COVID-19 and expectations regarding international travel.

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Not applicable


Ad hoc

Statistical Population:

All individuals aged 18 years and over living in private households in Ireland. The original Labour Force Survey (LFS) sample from which the sample for the first wave of the Social Impact of COVID-19 survey was selected was based on Census 2011 data. Additions to the sample for subsequent waves of the Social Impact of COVID-19 survey were selected from an LFS sample based on Census 2016.

Sampling Frame:

The sampling frame consisted of respondents aged 18 years and over that had participated in the LFS commencing Q1 2019. Contact details were collected from those aged under 75 years that completed 5 waves of the survey and from those aged 75 years and over that completed the first wave. The frame is limited to those that provided an email address with only one point of contact per household.

Reference Area:

State of Ireland

Time Coverage:

February 2021

Base Period:

Sector Coverage:

Survey Size:


Principal Variables:

Personal well-being, Impact of school closures on students (primary and secondary) learning and social development, Vaccine attitudes, Compliance with official advice, Return to life similar to pre-COVID-19, International travel expectations, Holiday intentions for 2021

Principal External Users:

Government Departments, other non-governmental organisations, researchers.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Claire Burke

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000