Daily US Times: Most Americans who have not been vaccinated yet say they are not likely to get the shots and doubt the vaccines would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states.
Among American adults who haven’t yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to the poll. Just 3% of them say they definitely will get vaccine against Covid-19, though another 16% say they probably will.
What’s more, the poll shows that 64% of unvaccinated Americans have little to no confidence the vaccines are effective against variants — including the delta variant that officials say is responsible for 83% of new cases in the United States — despite evidence that they offer strong protection. In contrast, 86% of those who have already taken shots have at least some confidence that the vaccines will work.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University, said that means “that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths.”
The doctor said that some proportion of the population would be difficult to persuade no matter what the data showed, (and) a lot of people are beyond persuasion.”
Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to say they are at least somewhat concerned about someone close to them being infected, 70% to 38%.