21% of American adults do not plan to vaccinate Covid: Survey

New York, Dec 15 (IANS) As the United States prepares its nationwide vaccination program, a new survey revealed 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 predictions of the willingness of American adults to receive a future Covid-19 vaccine and whether these predictions differ in terms of releasing urgent use of the vaccine.

It concerned a survey of 788 U.S. adults and found that 59.9 percent of respondents were certainly or likely planning to receive a future coronavirus vaccine, while 18.8 percent were neutral and 21.3 percent were likely or certainly not planning to get it.

When asked if they would receive the vaccine under emergency authorization, 46.9 percent of respondents said they were sure, likely, or somewhat willing to do so; while 53.1 percent said they certainly, probably, or somewhat don’t want to do so.

“The biggest problem emerging from this study is that participants appeared concerned about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine under urgent authorization,” said study lead author Jeanine Guidry of the University of Virginia Community in the United States.

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

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The study also found critical inequalities between demographic groups. For example, younger respondents were more likely than older respondents to express a willingness to receive the vaccine.

The findings showed that significant predictions of willingness to receive the coronavirus vaccine included an educational level and having health insurance, as well as a highly perceived sensitivity to Covid-19.

“Predictions of willingness to obtain the vaccine under emergency use authorization included age and race / ethnicity,” the authors noted.

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