Poll: Americans unsure whether to take COVID vaccine
UPDATED 7:30 PM PT – Wednesday, December 9, 2020
As the Pfizer vaccine hurls towards FDA approval, Americans remain divided over whether or not to take it.
On Wednesday, an Associated Press NORC poll revealed that about a quarter of Americans said they are unsure whether they will get vaccinated, while another quarter said they will not.
A new AP-NORC poll finds only about half of Americans are ready to roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots when their turn comes as states gird for months of mass vaccinations. https://t.co/I8LwLp151f
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 9, 2020
The survey, which included about 1,100 Americans, was conducted between December 3 and December 7.
Only about 30 percent of respondents said they are ‘extremely’ or ‘very confident’ the vaccine will have been properly safety tested. Another 30 percent said they were not confident.
According to experts, though Americans want to return to normalcy, they have reasonable concerns about taking a vaccine.
“I think people are really, especially at this point, striving to get back to some kind of normalcy,” NORC Program Area Director of Digital Strategy Amelia Burke-Garcia stated. “And the vaccine is our best hope for that and yet there are worries about the vaccine: It’s new. It’s come to market fairly quickly. And so, I think people have legitimate worries.”
70 percent who said they wouldn’t get vaccinated noted they were worried about potential side effects.
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