Americans’ willingness to get vaccinated for COVID-19 has risen to its highest point since the roll-out began- even among skeptical Republicans, a new survey shows.
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll released Wednesday found that 60 percent of Americans plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine or have already gotten one, up from 45 percent who said the same in November.
The results show that the pro-vaccine consensus is growing across in every demographic – including with the GOP, which in the past has shown significant resistance.
In the most recent poll, conducted over the weekend, 47 percent of Republicans said they would get vaccinated, a four point increase from the 43 percent who said the same in November.
Among Democrats, 78 percent said they would get vaccinated, compared with 51 percent who said the same in November.
It comes as more than 65 million doses of a vaccine have been administered in the US to date, out over 82 million delivered to states, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll released Wednesday found that 60 percent of Americans plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine or have already gotten one, up from 45 percent who said the same in November
More than 65 million doses of a vaccine have been administered in the US to date, out over 82 million delivered to states, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The poll showed that 44 percent of Republicans said they would ‘never’ get a vaccine, 17 percent said they would ‘wait and see what happens to others before deciding’, 12 percent said they are ‘not sure’ and 28 percent said they would get one ‘as soon as it becomes available’.
Among Democrats, 57 percent said they would get a vaccine ‘as soon as it becomes available’, 20 percent said they would wait, 15 percent said they would never get one and eight percent said ‘not sure’.
Since November, the margin in favor of getting a COVID-19 vaccine has risen by 31 points among both Democrats and black Americans, and 17 points among white Americans, while falling by nine points among Republicans.
The chart above shows how different political groups responded to a question about whether they planned to get vaccinated
People wait in line to receive a vaccine at the Gateway World Christian Center in Valley Stream, New York, on Tuesday
The poll also found that there were major disparities between demographics when it came to people who have already received a vaccine.
Fourteen percent of the 1,556 total respondents said they’ve gotten their first of two doses of the vaccine already, and nine percent said they’ve received both.
Yahoo News noted that those numbers may not align with official vaccination data because they’re self-reported and based on a relatively small sample.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents making more than $100,000 said they’ve gotten a vaccine, compared with just nine percent of those making less than $50,000.
Furthermore, 16 percent of white respondents said they’ve gotten one, compared with 13 percent of black respondents and nine percent of Hispanic respondents.
Fourteen percent of the 1,556 total respondents said they’ve gotten their first of two doses of the vaccine already, and nine percent said they’ve received both
The survey also found that a majority of Americans don’t believe the government is doing a good job at distributing vaccines.
Asked if the distribution has been as fast as it could be, just 19 percent said yes and 51 percent said no.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they believe most Americans will be vaccinated by this fall, and 36 percent said they don’t believe life will ‘return to normal’ until next year.
Respondents were split when asked about their outlook on the pandemic overall, with 37 percent saying the worst is behind us, 28 percent saying the worst is yet to come and 34 percent saying they’re unsure.
Thirty-six percent of respondents said they don’t believe life will ‘return to normal’ until 2022
The poll was two days after the US surpassed a grim milestone of 500,000 deaths, with more than 28.2 million cases to date.
Government officials and health experts have worked hard to push out the message that widespread vaccinations are the best way to finally bring the pandemic to its knees.
An average of 1.3 million people are being vaccinated every day and it is believed Biden will reach his goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.
As of Tuesday, 44,544,969 Americans had received at least one dose of a vaccine, accounting for 13.4 percent of the population, and 19,882,544 Americans (6%) had received both doses.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Tuesday said the CDC could soon start relaxing COVID-related restrictions for fully vaccinated people.
Fauci did not detail exactly when this would occur or what restrictions would be lifted.
But he did tell CNN that the agency wants ‘to make sure they sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then come out with a recommendation based on the science.’
So far, the only recommendation issued by the CDC is that a fully vaccinated person does not have to quarantine – 10 days without a test or seven days with a test – if they come into contact with an infected person.
But Fauci said more recommendations are on the horizon.
‘I believe you’re going to be hearing more of the recommendations of how you can relax the stringency of some of the things, particularly when you’re dealing with something like your own personal family when people have been vaccinated,’ Fauci told CNN.
‘I agree, they’re questions that we need to answer pretty soon because more and more people are going to be vaccinated, every single day there’ll be more and more people and they’re going to be asking that question.’