1 in 3 Americans would refuse COVID-19 vaccine, new Gallup poll finds

 msn.com  08/07/2020 19:20:00   Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News
A street vendor sells protective face masks in Gardena. A new poll shows wide partisan differences in how Californians respond to the coronavirus.

One in 3 Americans would refuse an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine even if it were offered at no cost, a new Gallup poll released Friday found.

The results, based on survey conducted between July 20 and Aug. 2, found that 65% of respondents said they would accept the offer and get themselves vaccinated while 35% said they would not.

The new poll falls in line with previous Gallup findings suggesting political party preference plays a strong role in Americans views on COVID-19.

Eighty-one percent of Democrats would be willing to get vaccinated immediately with a free, FDA-approved vaccine, the poll found, compared with 59% of independents and 47% of Republicans.

Middle-aged Americans seem to be the most wary.

Gallups pollsters found 70% of senior citizens and 76% of adults under the age of 30 said theyre willing to get an approved COVID-19 vaccination right away.

But only 64% of people between 30 and 50 years old and 59% of people between 50 and 64 years old said they would get the shot.

White Americans, meanwhile, are more likely than non-white Americans to say they would be vaccinated  67% compared with 59%, the poll reported.

Gallup highlighted the disparity, considering Black and Latino Americans have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

As the situation stands today, the nations influencers  including health professionals, policymakers and leaders  who see a vaccine as a way forward may have their work cut out for them in persuading Americans to take advantage of such an option, Gallup said in a post announcing the findings.

Policymakers in government, healthcare, industry and education will need to anticipate that a significant proportion of the population will be hesitant to get a vaccine, even at no cost, the group said.

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