Survey: More Americans say they will get COVID-19 vaccine | The Numbers Racket

By: - January 4, 2021 7:13 am

(Getty Images/Maine Beacon)

As the first COVID-19 vaccines began their rollout to hospitals and healthcare workers across the country last month, a majority of the American public said they would now get the vaccine when it became available. 

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent of Americans said they would definitely or probably get the vaccine today if it were available to them. 

The hope of resuming some normal activities seems to have boosted confidence in the vaccine, with just 39 percent saying they would definitely not get it or probably not get it. 

Of those who said they would not get the vaccine, 53 percent said they were pretty certain they would not get the vaccine while 46 percent said it’s possible they would get the vaccine once others start getting a coronavirus vaccine and there is more information. 

First in line

While confidence is rising in the vaccine among Americans (75 percent), just 37 percent said they would be comfortable being one of the first groups of people to get the vaccine, leaving 62 percent who said they felt uncomfortable being one of the first groups to get it. 

As of November, 24 percent of Americans said they had not too much or no confidence at all that the research and development process in the U.S. will produce a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, despite at least two vaccines producing an effective rate over 90 percent in clinical trials. 

Those who intend to get vaccinated: 

54 … the percentage of women who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

67 … the percentage of men who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

83 … the percentage of Asian adults who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

63 … the percentage of Hispanic adults who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

42 … the percentage of Black adults who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Other demographics:

Partisan divide

69 … the percentage of Democrats who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

50 … the percentage of Republicans who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Age

75 …  the percentage of adults aged 65+ who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

60 … the percentage of adults aged 50-64 who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

55 … the percentage of adults aged 18-29 who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

53 … the percentage of adults aged 30-49 who said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Impact of COVID-19

Fifty-four percent of Americans now say they know someone personally who has been hospitalized or died due to the coronavirus. 

Among Black Americans that percentage was even higher at 71 percent who say they know someone personally who has been hospitalized or died due COVID-19.

Half of all respondents to the survey said that hospitals in their area will struggle to handle the number of people seeking treatment for the coronavirus in the coming months. Forty-seven percent think their local healthcare providers will be able to handle the number of patients. 

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

MORE FROM AUTHOR