A majority of Americans not yet vaccinated for COVID indicated they are likely not going to get the shot, according to the recently released NORC Center for Public Affairs Research – Associated Press survey. All while the mask mandates for the vaccinated Americans are “under active consideration.”
Eighty-one percent of Americans that have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get the shot. Of those, 45 percent indicated they “definitely” will not, and 35 percent indicated they “probably” will not. On the other hand, 16 percent indicate they will “probably” get the shot, with only 3 percent indicating they will “definitely,” suggesting those yet to receive the vaccination are confident of their decision.
In addition, the survey found among the 64 percent of unvaccinated Americans expressed only a little confidence that the vaccines will work against the variants of the virus, including the Delta variant:
And overall, Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say they have not been vaccinated and definitely or probably won’t be, 43% to 10%. Views are also divided along age and education lines: Thirty-seven percent of those under age 45 say they haven’t and likely won’t get the shots, compared with just 16% of those older. And those without college degrees are more likely than those with them to say they aren’t and won’t be vaccinated, 30% to 18%.
The survey was taken July 15-19, 2021, among 1,306 adults with a margin of +/- 3.7 percent error.
“We always knew some proportion of the population would be difficult to persuade no matter what the data showed, (and) a lot of people are beyond persuasion,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University, said, according to ABC News.
Meanwhile, eligible Americans are urged to get vaccinated, warning the unvaccinated to wear masks until they have received the shot.
Dr. Fauch, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, stated mask mandated for vaccinated Americans was “under active consideration” on the Sunday edition of CNN’s State of the Union.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48.8 percent of the U.S. population are considered fully vaccinated; that’s over 162 million people.