21% of adults in the US are not planning a Covid vaccine: survey

New York, Dec. 15 (IANS) As the US prepares its nationwide immunization program, a new poll found that at least 21.3 percent of adults in the country do not plan to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examined the psychological and social predictors of readiness for adults in the United States to receive a future Covid-19 vaccine, and whether these predictors differ when the vaccine is emergency-approved.

It included a survey of 788 adults in the United States and found that 59.9 percent of respondents were definitely or likely to have a future coronavirus vaccine, while 18.8 percent were neutral and 21.3 percent were likely or definitely not to to get him.

When asked if they would get the vaccine as part of an emergency clearance, 46.9 percent of respondents said they were definitely, likely, or somewhat willing to do so. 53.1 percent said they would definitely, probably, or not do something.

“The biggest problem with this study is that participants appeared concerned about getting the Covid-19 vaccine under emergency approval,” said lead study author Jeanine Guidry of Virginia Commonwealth University in the US.

“We also now know that two of the vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – can have some expected side effects and people can be reluctant to get the vaccine,” she added.


The study also found worrying differences between population groups. For example, younger respondents were more likely than older respondents to express their willingness to receive the vaccine.

The results showed that significant predictors of willingness to receive the coronavirus vaccine included level of education and health insurance, and a high perceived susceptibility to Covid-19.

“Predictors of willingness to receive the vaccine under an emergency authorization included age and race / ethnicity,” the authors found.


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