More Americans Willing to Take Vaccine, Poll Shows

Ralph Ellis

November 18, 2020

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Fifty-eight percent of Americans recently say they'd take a coronavirus vaccine, up from 50% in September, but a large number of Americans still don't want to take the vaccine, according to a new Gallup Poll.

The poll was conducted Oct. 19-Nov. 1, before two pharmaceutical companies made promising announcements that their vaccines in clinical trials showed more than 90% effectiveness, Gallup said in a news release.

"Even before the announcements made by Pfizer and BioNTech on Nov. 9 and by Moderna on Nov. 16 about the development of highly effective vaccines for COVID-19, Americans were already more willing to get a vaccine than they were in September. The recent increase is primarily due to a jump in willingness among Democrats," Gallup said.

"However, Americans overall are still less likely than they were earlier this year to say they'd get a COVID-19 vaccine. Four in 10 remain unwilling to get a vaccine, indicating public health officials face an uphill climb in convincing a good share of the public to do so."

Anthony Fauci MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently said a vaccine might be available before the end of the year for essential personnel, such as health-care workers, and available for the general population by the second quarter of 2021.

Most demographic groups showed more willingness to take the coronavirus vaccine, Gallup said.

Democrats showed more inclination to be vaccinated. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats say they'd be vaccinated, up from 53% in September -- an increase of 16 percentage points. Only 49% of Republican respondents say they'll take the vaccine, the same amount as September.

Sixty-one percent of White respondents say they'd take the vaccine, up 7 points from September. Among non-White respondents, 48% would take the vaccine, up 8 points in September.

Older Americans appear more receptive to taking a vaccine.

Among adults 45 to 64 years old, 49% of respondents say they'd take the vaccine -- up from 36% in September. Among respondents 18-44, 62% would take the vaccine, up from 60% in September.

The South still had the fewest people willing to take the vaccine.

Fifty-two percent of Southern respondents say they'd be willing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, up from 43% in September. The Northeast rose to 66%, from 59%, the Midwest to 55% from 46% and the West from 62% to 58%

When asked why they didn't want the vaccine, 37% of respondents said it was because of the rushed timeline in vaccine development.

Twenty-six percent said they want to wait to make sure the vaccine is safe and 12% say they don't trust vaccines in general. About 15% said they're wary of the vaccine because the politicization of the process may have compromised its safety.

Source

Gallup. "More Americans Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine"

https://news.gallup.com/poll/325208/americans-willing-covid-vaccine.aspx

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