Polls Find Many Americans Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as It’s Licensed

Polls Find Many Americans Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as It’s Licensed

Story Highlights

  • More adults in the U.S. are expressing doubts about the safety of a newly licensed COVID-19 vaccine that might become available this year.
  • The number of poll respondents planning on getting a new coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is FDA approved has fallen from a reported high of 50 to 60 percent down to 21 percent currently.
  • Reduced trust in the fast-tracked vaccine process mirrors generally reduced trust in COVID-19 information being disseminated by public health officials and mainstream media.

As medical doctors and government health officials warn that there can be no return to normal until we have an effective COVID-19 vaccine that everyone uses, more and more Americans are expressing skepticism about accepting a newly licensed coronavirus vaccine that has been rushed through the approval process. In a poll of 2,493 registered U.S. voters across the country conducted on behalf of CBS News, only 21 percent of voters are still saying they would get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one becomes available, even if it is free.1

That same poll showed that two thirds of voters say they would not consider a vaccine made available this year as a scientific breakthrough (65 percent) but rather as one that had been “rushed through without enough testing” (35 percent). Among those who feel the vaccine testing has been rushed, only 13 percent say they would get the vaccine as soon as it was available.

Decreasing Trust in Fast-Tracked Vaccine Safety

The number of Americans willing to get a new vaccine against COVID-19 has been falling since polling began. In April/May, a poll of 1,056 adults conducted by the Associated Press’s NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that 49 percent said they planned to get vaccinated as soon as a vaccine was licensed, 20 per cent said they would not get the new vaccine and 31 percent were unsure.2 Morning Consult poll numbers from May showed an even higher number of respondents planning to get a new vaccine: 59 percent among 2,200 surveys of U.S. adults, with 14 percent saying they would not want the vaccine and 22 percent unsure.3 4

By late July, polls showed the number of people who would accept a newly licensed COVID-19 vaccine had dropped to 32 percent, with 17 percent against taking any coronavirus vaccine approved this year and 51 percent taking a “wait and see” stance.5 Most of those who have expressed reluctance about getting a new COVID-19 vaccine are concerned about safety and side effects, while others are uncertain a vaccine would be effective in protecting them from the mutated coronavirus.6

Polls results seem to indicate that there are divisions within political parties, with more registered Democrats viewing a new vaccine as being inappropriately rushed to market (77 percent) rather than a scientific achievement (23 percent) compared to Republicans (48 and 52 percent, respectively). Though more Republicans than Democrats plan to get the vaccine if one becomes available, most plan to wait or forego the vaccine altogether.7

Trust in Public Health Information Also on the Decline

That same CBS poll shows that voters as a whole have less trust in the coronavirus information provided by public health authorities, such as officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President of the United States, state governors and the national media, compared to opinions reported earlier in the pandemic.8 Most dramatically, trust in the CDC to provide accurate information about COVID-19 has fallen from a high of 86 percent in March to 54 percent today.9

Also since March, trust in information provided by the national media has fallen from 45 percent to 35 percent currently. Trust in information disseminated by state governors has also fallen by 14 percentage points.10

Regardless of party, the majority of voters—65 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of Independents—agree that whomever is elected president should publicly be vaccinated to demonstrate confidence in the safety of a new COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the government.11


References:

1 De Pinto J. Voters Skeptical About Potential COVID-19 Vaccine And Say That One This Year Would Be Rushed – CBS News Poll. CBS News Sept. 6, 2020.
2 Neergaard L, Fingerhut H. Expectations for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research May 27, 2020.
3 Just Over Half of Americans Say They Would Get Vaccinated if One Became Available. Morning Consult.
4 Solender A. Many Americans Say They Would Refuse A Coronavirus Vaccine. Forbes May 8, 2020.
5 See Footnote 1.
6 TVR Staff. Poll: 69 Percent of Americans Worried Fast-Tracked COVID-19 Vaccines Won’t Be Safe. The Vaccine Reaction. Aug. 10, 2020.
7 See Footnote 1.
8 Ibid.
9 Ibid.
10 Meek A. Guess Who Americans Trust More On COVID-19 – Trump Or The National Press? BGR Sept.8, 2020.
11 See Footnote 1.

12 Responses to "Polls Find Many Americans Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as It’s Licensed"

  1. Lou Anne   September 14, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    They should inject themselves, children, grandchildren and parents.

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  2. April   September 14, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    I’m sorry you could vaccinate everyone all around and since it takes years for true chronic effects to show, it would make no difference to me and most of the RNs I know. We won’t take it ever, at the expense of EVERYTHING. No experimental treatment for what is essentially a cold. I had it. So did most of my colleagues. Why can’t we talk about functional T cell mediated immunity? Why can’t we talk about how our bodies work? The conspiracy here is that we are all pretending we don’t have an immune system and hiding away with surgical masks made to decrease bacterial transfer to wounds.

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    • Melissa   September 14, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      Amen sister!

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  3. Kathleen Melonakos   September 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Trust in the CDC has fallen from 86% to 54%, and rightly so. They have been inconsistent, wrong, and have done incalculable damage. When are we going to get an investigation of them? When are we going to get the truth from them about autism, the lack of safety testing, and conflicts of interests among their top officials? They need to be sued or prosecuted or both. We the people must insist on it.

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  4. Alexander Azar   September 14, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    The president should lead by example by being the first to have his entire family vaccinated, including his grandchildren.

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  5. Bonnie Camo MD   September 14, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    All Senators and Representatives should receive the vaccine first, because they represent the people.

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  6. Terry   September 14, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    The public vaccines would be a scam. They wouldn’t be the real thing! How can America believe that these politicians would actually consent to being guinea pigs?

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  7. Ckm1223   September 14, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Congress needs to be vaccinated CDC employees, Gates including the rest of the pushers of the vaccine.

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  8. Debbie   September 15, 2020 at 12:40 am

    I would not give myself or my family this vaccine. It takes YEARS to study a vaccine and the affects. They completely skipped animal trials which is a big red flag.

    I read an article that a Covid vaccine was being worked on 20 years ago (Liberty Beacon article) and it was tested on ferrets. All the ferrets got ill and lots died.,

    20 years later here we are and they skip animal trials and go straight to human testing? That should make everyone skeptical.

    I understand there are people who don’t think like me and would like an option to get the vaccine for whatever personal beliefs they have. That’s fine. But I will not be fine if they think they will start forcing people to get it or they will not be able to go to school or other places. We better all be prepared to fight back like never before if that’s what they’re thinking if implementing.

    Corruption everywhere.

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  9. Nathalie   September 15, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I would just add that leaders and other employees who affirm that the vaccine is safe in pharmaceutical companies should also be the ones to volunteer themselves and their family members as the first to receive the vaccine they are making… and let all of us be the witness of the side effects it will create.

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  10. Melissa Murray   September 15, 2020 at 10:07 am

    With a 98.6 recovery rate, is there a need for a vaccine?

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  11. LSG   September 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Hell NO!!!

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