From the get-go with the coronavirus, experts have told us that what will save us is a vaccine.
But a new poll published Tuesday reveals that a steadily decreasing share of Americans — significantly less than half — say they are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine should one ever be developed, Yahoo News reported.
Polling by Yahoo News and YouGov have found fewer and fewer of us are planning to get a COVID vaccine once one is developed.
When the surveys first began in early May, 55% of all Americans said they would get vaccinated. That number has shrunk every time the poll has been conducted.
In late may, 50% said they would be vaccinated; by early July, that number had dropped to 46%.
Now the number is even lower. In a Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted July 28-30, pollsters found that only 42% of all Americans said they would get vaccinated "if and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available."
Broken down politically — because every thing is nowadays — the poll reported that just 55% of Democrats and 37% of Republicans were planning to get vaccinated. Independents were even less likely than GOPers, coming in at 34%. Also, 62% of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's supporters would take the vaccine, compared to just 35% of supporters of President Donald Trump.
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The number is interesting considering the share of people who say they are worried about COVID-19. According to the survey, 73% of Americans are worried about the virus, while 27% are not. However, only 42% of people think it's it is likely they'll get the virus, and 58% said it's unlikely.
Perhaps the biggest reason for not wanting to get vaccinated is concern over the safety of a fast-tracked vaccine. According to the poll, 69% of Americans are concerned about the safety factor, and 24% are not.
Only 44% of people trust the CDC and public health authorities to judge the risk of a COVID vaccine.
So, what do people support more than vaccines?
For starters, 73% of us want wearing face masks in public to be mandatory — 27% disagree.
And 60% of our fellow citizens think another stay-at-home order would be a good idea. Only 28% disagree. Which fits with the finding that only 29% of those polled said they were worried about reopening the economy too slowly.