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Third Of Americans Would Say No To Coronavirus Vaccine, Even If Free

by : Lucy Connolly on : 11 Aug 2020 17:31
Third Of Americans Would Say No To Coronavirus Vaccine, Even If FreeThird Of Americans Would Say No To Coronavirus Vaccine, Even If FreePA Images

More than a third of Americans would refuse a free and Food and Drug Administration-approved coronavirus vaccine if one was ready today, according to new research.

The question posed to those polled in Gallup’s COVID-19 tracking survey was: ‘If an FDA-approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus was available right now at no cost, would you agree to be vaccinated?’

While 65% said they would get vaccinated if such an offer was presented to them, 35% said they would not – even if it came at no extra cost to them and it was deemed safe by the FDA.

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It seems US party preferences play a strong role in Americans’ views on vaccination, with just less than half of Republicans (47%) willing to get the vaccine. In contrast, 81% of Democrats said they would get it.

A difference could also be seen with regards to race, with White Americans being more likely (67%) than ‘non-White Americans’ (59%) to say they would get a vaccine if it was available. ‘This is particularly noteworthy, given media reports on the pandemic noting that Black and Latino Americans have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19,’ the survey stated.

The poll also suggested that those living in rural areas are also less likely (56%) to get the vaccine than those in large cities (65%), figures likely to concern public health officials, as according to the CDC, ‘long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put some rural residents at increased risk of getting COVID-19 or having severe illness’.

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Unsurprisingly, age also played a factor in who was willing to get a vaccine versus who wasn’t, with the youngest participants in the survey – those between the ages of 18 and 29 – having the highest percentage (76%) of ‘yes’ votes.

The oldest participants in the survey, those over the age of 65, also voted overwhelmingly in support of the vaccine, with 70% of those surveyed saying they would get one.

In contrast, only 64% of people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old and 59% of those aged between 50 and 64 years old said they would get the jab.

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Gallup said in a post announcing its findings:

As the situation stands today, the nation’s influencers – including health professionals, policymakers and leaders – who see a vaccine as a way forward may have their work cut out for them in persuading Americans to take advantage of such an option.

Policymakers in government, healthcare, industry and education will need to anticipate that a significant proportion of the population will be hesitant to get a vaccine, even at no cost.

Such resistance is not unprecedented… Leaders in favour of a vaccine may be well-served to study what caused the public to ultimately adopt earlier vaccines as they consider how best to influence Americans to take advantage of such an option now.

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As it stands, several different companies are working to develop a vaccine, with the US government having provided $10 billion of investment as part of ‘Operation Warp Speed’, which aims to deliver 300 million doses of a vaccine to Americans by January 2021.

And while President Donald Trump has already made the bold claim that a vaccine will be ready and approved for distribution before Election Day this November, Dr. Anthony Fauci – the nation’s top infectious disease expert – has urged Americans not to put all their faith in a vaccine.

‘We don’t know yet what the efficacy might be,’ Dr. Fauci said on Friday, August 7, as per the Daily Mail. ‘We don’t know if it will be 50% or 60%. I’d like it to be 75% or more. The chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.’

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I certainly know who I trust most on this one, and let’s just say it isn’t Trump.

It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.

Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Health, America, Anti-Vaxxers, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Now, Trump, US, Vaccines

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Gallup and 2 others
  1. Gallup

    One in Three Americans Would Not Get COVID-19 Vaccine

  2. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

    Rural Communities

  3. Daily Mail

    Poll reveals one in three Americans would REFUSE a free COVID-19 vaccine as would 53% of Republicans - but 81% of Democrats say they'd take the shot immediately