One in three Americans would not get COVID-19 vaccine, poll says

A new Gallup poll found that many Americans might be reluctant to receive a coronavirus vaccine, even if the vaccine were FDA approved and available at no cost. Specifically, 35% of Americans would not get a free, FDA-approved vaccine if it were available today, according to the poll released August 7.

The poll also found that Republicans were less inclined than Democrats to be vaccinated. Additionally, 4 in 10 non-white Americans would not get a vaccine against the coronavirus.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, scientific director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, said in a Wall Street Journal article that people may be concerned that safety was sacrificed to accelerate the vaccines’ development. FDA has said that any COVID-19 vaccine must be at least 50% more effective than a placebo in preventing the disease, a benchmark commonly used for influenza vaccines. Edwards and other researchers said awareness and education campaigns should target the millions of Americans who are not necessarily opposed to vaccines, but who also are not fully supportive of them either.