A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that a quarter of Americans have little or no interest in getting the new coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Tuesday. In addition, about 36 percent of respondents said their willingness to vaccinate would be reduced if President Trump said the vaccine was safe.
(Original title: Survey: A quarter of Americans are wary of getting a new crown vaccine)
While medical experts say a vaccine is needed to prevent infection in order to get life back to normal, the report suggests a potential trust in the Trump administration. The Trump administration has been criticized for issuing often contradictory safety guidelines during the outbreak.
An elderly man buys anti-epidemic items in front of a stall outside a shop in Huayuan, San Francisco, U.S., May 18, local time. By Liu Guanguan, China News Agency Reporter
Some 36 percent of respondents reportedly said they would be less likely to get vaccinated if Trump said the vaccine was safe, compared with only 14 percent who said they would be more interested in it.
The survey was conducted May 13-19 and involved 4,428 U.S. adults. Most respondents said the FDA guidelines, or large-scale scientific research showing vaccine safety, had a big impact on them.
Less than two-thirds of respondents said they were “very” or “somewhat” interested in the vaccine. Given the increased awareness of the new coronavirus, and the fact that more than 90,000 people die from the disease in the United States alone, some health experts had expected the rate to be higher.
“Given the concern about the new coronavirus, the percentage is lower than I expected,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and vaccine specialist at Vumc University Medical Center (VUMC). “
Fourteen percent of respondents said they were not interested in vaccination at all, while 10 percent said they were less interested. Another 11 per cent said they were unsure.
Nearly half of those who expressed little or no interest in vaccines said they were concerned about the speed of vaccine development. More than 40 percent say vaccines are more dangerous than the disease itself.