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Nearly 38% of Americans may skip COVID-19 vaccine, and that’s a problem

The COVID-19 vaccine remains a remarkable achievement that will help end the pandemic … but only if there are enough people vaccinated. In addition to the general misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines, the accelerated rate at which the COVID-19 vaccine was developed has left many people concerned about getting it.

According to a national survey conducted by the University of California-Davis, almost 38% of Americans are unlikely to get COVID-19 or are unsure whether they will. The main factors for this uncertainty, according to the interviewees, are concerns about its effectiveness and safety.

The survey involved a sample of quotas from residents in the United States that was designed to be “representative of the nation”, including a variety of demographic variables. During the research, the researchers obtained several details from the interviewees to shed light on the role of various beliefs and exposures in the media that can influence these decisions.

Among people who hesitate to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the researchers found that someone’s knowledge of vaccines, risk factors and perceived risk, as well as policy and “demographic characteristics”, probably play a role in choosing someone to be vaccinated. .

Democrats and people earning more than $ 120,000 a year are more likely to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When it comes to media exposure, the survey indicated that people who watch Fox News are more likely to hesitate to get the vaccine, as are people who use social media as a primary source of information about the virus.

Respondents with a lower level of education would probably say that they would probably not be vaccinated. The study’s lead author, Jeanette B. Ruiz, said:

Our research indicates that vaccine uptake will be suboptimal … with 14.8 percent of respondents being unlikely to get vaccinated and another 23 percent unsure. Even though vaccination remains one of the most effective public health initiatives, some still doubt the efficacy and safety of vaccines. Unfortunately, the seemingly rushed process of the COVID-19 vaccine may have further fueled these doubts.

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