Most People will seemingly get a Covid-19 vaccine, survey finds
A healthcare worker prepares to deliver the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a frontline worker at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut on December 14. Jessica Hill / AP
According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Tuesday, 71% of Americans say they are “definitely or likely” receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
But black Americans, people who live in rural areas, and Republicans are more reluctant to get the shots.
A third of respondents said they wanted to get a vaccine “as soon as possible”, while 39% said they would “wait” to see how the primary vaccine went before they got a vaccine themselves.
The nonprofit health research group interviewed 1,676 adults for the survey, which the group is launching as a Covid-19 vaccine monitor and which will be updated regularly.
About 15% of respondents said they would “definitely not” receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
“This group is disproportionately made up of Republicans and people with just a high school education,” Kaiser said in a statement.
Around 9% of respondents, mostly key workers, said they would only be given a vaccine if it was necessary for work, school or any other part of their life.
The survey also looked at reasons for vaccine reluctance, finding that Republicans, 30- to 39-year-olds, rural Americans, and black Americans are the most vaccine reluctant groups.
“Some black adults hesitate for reasons that might change with more information. For example: 71% of those who say they won’t be vaccinated say they are worried about possible side effects (expected to be mild) and half (50%) fear they are COVID. 19 from the vaccine, ”said KFF.
For Republicans, 57% of respondents chose “the risks of Covid-19 are being exaggerated” as the main reason they would definitely or probably not receive a vaccine.
“Many Americans who hesitate simply reserve their judgment before they are ready to be vaccinated. However, nearly one in four Republicans would not want to be vaccinated because they do not believe COVID is a serious threat, ”said Mollyann Brodie, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “It will be a real challenge to reverse COVID denialism in this part of President Trump’s political base.”