Thirty-Five Percent of Americans Would Not Get a COVID-19 Vaccine, Poll Shows
A new Gallup poll shows that more than one-third of Americans say they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine right now even if it were FDA-approved and free of charge.
“With more indications that a vaccine could be close, the next question for health professionals, policymakers and political leaders will be Americans' willingness to be vaccinated once a vaccine is ready,” said the Gallup report.
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A new poll says as many as one in three Americans would not get a vaccine for COVID-19 — even if it were FDA-approved and free of charge. https://t.co/H5Ti7RCHdE
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Sixty-five percent say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, but 35% would not.
The results are “based on July 20-Aug. 2 polling in Gallup's COVID-19 tracking survey, conducted with members of Gallup's probability-based panel.”
Fox News explains that “political party affiliation is the biggest difference-maker.”
Eighty-one percent of Democrats are willing to be vaccinated right now if a free and FDA-approved vaccine were available – compared with 59% of independents and 47% of Republicans.
In addition to political party affiliation, the report added that “there are differences by race that defy the partisan patterns.”
“White Americans are significantly more likely than non-White Americans to say they would be vaccinated if a free FDA-approved version were available – 67% vs. 59%, respectively,” said the report.
According to Moderna, it was entering a phase 3 clinical trial of its vaccine. Pfizer also recently announced the same. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that a vaccine isn’t a cure-all.
“We don’t know yet what the efficacy might be. We don’t know if it will be 50% or 60%. I’d like it to be 75% or more,” Fauci said Friday. “But the chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.”