More than 70% of Americans who took half in a latest survey mentioned they plan to obtain the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine.
In a new survey launched from the Kaiser Family Foundation on Tuesday, some 71% of respondents mentioned they may “undoubtedly or in all probability” get the vaccine. The 71% is a rise in comparison with outcomes from September when 63% of respondents mentioned they might obtain the jab.
“Following on the heels of the presidential election and promising information about a number of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the brand new survey finds a rise within the share who say they might get vaccinated throughout racial and ethnic teams, and amongst each Democrats and Republicans (willingness to get vaccinated amongst independents has not modified),” the muse mentioned when sharing the outcomes of the survey.
The survey additionally discovered that 34% of respondents mentioned they might get the vaccine “as quickly as attainable” when it turns into broadly out there. Meanwhile, 39% mentioned they might “wait and see” how the vaccine works for others earlier than deciding to get it themselves.
About 9% mentioned they might solely get the vaccine if it was required by their employer or college, whereas 15% of respondents mentioned that they “undoubtedly wouldn’t” obtain the vaccine, “even when it was free and decided to be protected by scientists.”
Overall, about 27% of respondents stay “vaccine-hesitant,” the survey discovered, which means they “in all probability or undoubtedly wouldn’t” get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on nationwide well being points, mentioned the final group “is more likely to be the toughest to persuade, on condition that they’ve low belief in public well being messengers, very low charges of flu vaccination, and excessive charges of believing misinformation about different public well being measures, like mask-wearing.”
“Vaccine hesitancy is highest amongst Republicans (42%), these ages 30-49 (36%), and rural residents (35%),” the muse mentioned.
Additionally, some 35% of Black adults — which the Kaiser Family Foundation famous have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic —mentioned they might “undoubtedly or in all probability wouldn’t get vaccinated,” “as do one-third of those that say they’ve been deemed important staff (33%) and three in ten (29%) of those that work in a well being care supply setting,” per the survey.
For those that have been hesitant to obtain the jab, 59% mentioned they’re involved about attainable uncomfortable side effects, whereas 55% cited a “lack of belief within the authorities to make sure the vaccines’ security and effectiveness.” Another 53% mentioned they have been involved that the vaccine is just too new, whereas about 51% cited “considerations over the position of politics within the improvement course of.”
“About half of Black adults who say they in all probability or undoubtedly gained’t get vaccinated cite as main causes that they don’t belief vaccines typically (47%) or that they’re fearful they could get COVID-19 from the vaccine (50%), suggesting that messages combatting explicit sorts of misinformation could also be particularly vital for rising vaccine confidence amongst this group,” the survey discovered. (It is vital to notice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has mentioned that COVID-19 vaccines can’t offer you COVID-19.)
“Understanding who the general public trusts for dependable vaccine data shall be crucial for any COVID-19 vaccination outreach effort. The survey finds that, as with many well being subjects, individuals’s private well being care suppliers are probably the most trusted supply for data on COVID-19 vaccines, with 85% saying they belief their very own physician or well being care supplier no less than a good quantity for dependable vaccine data,” the survey conductors wrote.
“Some native, state, and nationwide messengers – together with the CDC, FDA, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and state and native well being officers – are trusted by majorities of the general public as nicely, however belief in these government-affiliated sources divides considerably on partisan strains, with Democrats tending to precise larger ranges of belief than Republicans.”
You can learn extra of the survey’s findings right here.