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
- 35% of Americans say they would not take COVID injection when its available
- Republicans appear less inclined than Democrats to be vaccinated
- Four in 10 non-white Americans said they would also not get the vaccine despite the coronavirus affecting black and Hispanic people more than whites
- In a similar Gallup poll conducted in 2019, 84% Americans said that they felt it important that their children should be vaccinated
More than a third of Americans said they would not get a vaccine against coronavirus at the present time even if it were to be free and approved by the FDA.
Sixty-five per cent of survey respondents say they would accept the offer and get themselves vaccinated while 35% said they would not.
Those who who say they would not be happy to get the injection also runs roughly along party political lines with less than half of Republicans (47%) saying they would take the jab but with 81% of Democrats ready to line up to be inoculated, according to a new Gallup poll.
35% of Americans say they would not take a COVID-19 vaccine when its available, according to a poll
Four-in-10 non-white Americans say they would also not get the vaccine despite the coronavirus affecting black and Hispanic people more than whites
White Americans (67%) are also more likely than non-whites (59%) to get the vaccine.
The figure is even more surprising given that the coronavirus has disproportionately affected ‘some racial and ethnic minority groups,’ more than others.
The youngest and oldest participants in the survey, those between 18-29 and 65+, both voted overwhelmingly in support of the vaccine.
Gallup’s pollsters found 70% of senior citizens and 76% of adults under the age of 30 said they were willing to get an approved COVID-19 vaccination right away.
However, 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 shot.
The division comes less than nine months after another Gallup poll found 84% of Americans felt it ‘extremely or very important that parents get their children vaccinated.’
Republicans appear less inclined than Democrats to be vaccinated in the Gallup poll. Pictured, a file photo from May of this year when protesters gathered outside the California State Capitol to protest the California Stay-At-Home Orders
The poll also suggested that those living in rural areas are also less likely to get the vaccine.
‘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,’ Gallup said in a post announcing the findings.
‘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,’ the group said.
Several different companies are working to develop companies with the 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.
A protester holds an anti-vaccination sign in California. The poll suggested that Republicans were more likely to refuse a vaccine than Democrats
A truck bearing the message ‘Jesus is my vaccine’ blares its siren in support while passing anti-quarantine and pro-Trump protesters at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg in May
$1.6 billion has been given to Novavax, $1.95 billion to Pfizer, $1 billion to Johnson & Johnson, and $1.2 billion to AstraZenca.
Both Moderna and Pfizer have entered phase 3 clinical trials of their vaccine which has 30,000 adult volunteers taking the injection.
But doctors are asking Americans to not put all their faith in a vaccine.
‘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,’ Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Friday. ‘The chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.’
President Trump has said that a vaccine will be ready and approved for distribution before Election Day this November.
‘We’ll develop a vaccine. We’re going to have it very soon and we’re ready to distribute it. We’ve got the military ready, logistics it’s called. And we’ll end this pandemic and we will rebuild the greatest economy in the history of the world,’ he said on Saturday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.