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Poll: 1 in 5 Will Not Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Poll: 1 in 5 Will Not Get COVID-19 Vaccine
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Wednesday, 14 April 2021 05:19 PM

About one if five U.S. adults are still reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine according to a poll released Wednesday by the Monmouth University Polling Institute. Even the rapid release of COVID-19 vaccination in the past month has not changed the minds of the number of Americans steadfastly opposed to the vaccine.

According to The Hill, 21% of adults polled said they would not get inoculated, down marginally from the 24% who said the same in a March poll. Twelve percent said they would let others go first “to see how it goes.”

The news this week that the federal government recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine amidst concerns over rare but deadly blood clots did not bode well for vaccine hesitancy.

“The number of people who have been skittish about the vaccine has dropped as more Americans line up for the shot, but the hard-core group who want to avoid it at all costs has barely budged,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Institute. “The recent news about the J &J vaccine is probably not going to help that situation.”

On the other hand, he said, it may not make much of a difference after all since the hesitancy appears to be along partisan lines, as per The Hill.

Forty-three percent of Republicans said they refused to get a shot compared to 22% of Independents and 5% of Democrats. The poll showed that men were also slightly more hesitant to get the vaccine than women. 

In those surveyed, 51% said they have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and 14 percent revealed they were planning to get inoculated as soon as possible, according to The Hill.

Republicans are not the only group to distrust the vaccine. According to reports African Americans, Hispanics and other minority groups have expressed their hesitancy even though they are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Many members of the military and healthcare workers are also declining to get vaccinated.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 29% of healthcare workers were hesitant about getting vaccinated compared to 27% of people in the general sector. Respondents to the survey explained that they had concerns about side effects and did not trust the safety of the vaccines. Some said they felt the dangers of COVID-19 were exaggerated, according to the  Los Angeles Times.

Experts say this hesitancy needs to be addressed to ensure at least 70% of the population is vaccinated to get the virus under control.

The Monmouth University survey polled 800 U.S. adults from April 8-12 and has a margin of error of 3.5%.

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