Almost 84 percent of Americans now say they will get a coronavirus vaccine – but most of that group don’t want to get the shot right away, a new poll shows.
According to the latest survey by ABC News / Ipsos, 45 percent of people would like to “wait a bit” before being vaccinated.
In the US, the massive adoption of vaccines has begun. Hundreds of Americans – mostly high-risk healthcare workers – received their first doses of Pfizer’s shot on Monday.
With a first vaccine granted emergency approval last week and a second approval expected this week (for Moderna’s vaccine), the new concern for health officials is not when the U.S. will get a sting, but whether Americans will get it trust enough to get it.
According to the new poll of 621 people, 15 percent of Americans still say they will never get a COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 80 percent of Americans over 18 said they plan to get a vaccination – but most (44%, green) plan to wait a bit after approving the shots to get theirs
More than 90% of respondents agreed that healthcare workers should be vaccinated first, while athletes and elected officials fell into the background
This gives the U.S. a tight margin of error considering that Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that between 75 and 85 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated for the US to achieve herd immunity.
On the other hand, most Americans will likely have to wait a while to get vaccinated, whether they want to wait or not.
The CDC recommended that health professionals and those at risk who live in communities such as nursing homes be vaccinated first.
Prioritizing these groups will help reduce the burden of COVID-19 on the health system, prevent the unintended spread of the virus in hospitals, prevent massive outbreaks in nursing homes, and reduce the number of people who have died from coronavirus since the elderly are most likely killed by coronavirus.
Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was the first person to be met on Monday by Dr. Michelle Chester was vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Most Americans want to wait to get their shots and must do so as the CDC recommends that vaccination be given priority
As of the weekend, the US launched the first batch of 2.9 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines administered to these groups.
Moderna says it is ready to distribute 20 million shots by the end of the year once the shot is approved, which is expected to happen on Friday.
Pfizer plans to ship a second batch of 2.9 million vaccines later this month to be given as a second dose.
It is not clear whether or how many more cans Pfizer will ship to the US by the end of December, although a worldwide distribution of 50 million shots is planned worldwide.
Operation Warp Speed continues to aim to provide 20 million Americans with their first doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.
Those 20 million doses will cover nearly 20.6 million healthcare and nursing home workers in the United States, according to Lending Tree population estimates.
So the rest of Americans – about 93.5 percent of the country – will have at least until the end of the month before admission.
And most Americans agree that this is appropriate. According to the new Ipsos survey, 44 percent say that people like them have a “medium” priority and 36 percent that they have a “low” priority for vaccination against COVID-19.
Respondents agreed fairly well with the CDC’s priority recommendations.
91 percent said healthcare workers should be a high priority and 83 percent said first aiders should be a high priority.
83 percent wanted older people to be prioritized for vaccination and 84 percent wanted people with pre-existing conditions to be at the top of the vaccination line.
Americans are less concerned with protecting politicians or sports stars. Only 16 percent say elected officials should have priority and nine percent say athletes should have priority.
Two in five respondents said they would get a vaccine as soon as possible.
Older Americans were even more eager. 57 percent of people over 65 said they would receive a vaccine as soon as it is available to them.
Minorities were more likely to hesitate: 52 percent said they would wait a bit before getting a shot.
Republicans were more likely to say they’ll never get a vaccine (26 percent), and only 39 percent of those polled said they think their states should make vaccination mandatory.