Recent opinion polls among Americans show increased readiness to receive a coronavirus vaccine amid growing confidence in the inoculation and distribution of a third vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This week, President Biden present a partnership between Merck and Johnson & Johnson for the production of the COVID-19 single-dose vaccine from the latter, adding that the United States will have enough doses of vaccine through this and double inoculations from Pfizer and Moderna to vaccinate every American adult by the end of May.
In studies conducted in recent weeks, Americans have shown increased readiness to receive the vaccine despite initial hesitation at the start of the vaccine.
IN Pew Research Center survey published on Friday, 69 percent of adults surveyed in the United States between Feb. 1
Pew said about 19% of respondents have already received the vaccine, while an additional 50% say they “definitely or probably” plan to get vaccinated.
IN Kaiser Family Foundation survey released late last month, 55 percent of adults in the United States said they either received at least one dose of the vaccine (18 percent) or wanted to receive the inoculation as soon as possible (37 percent).
Recent Axios / Ipsos survey also showed similar results, with 57 percent saying they would receive the vaccine or have already received it, compared with just 13 percent of adults who said in September they would like to receive the vaccine once it was available to them.
Despite the increased desire for vaccination among Americans in general, minority groups and people on lower incomes continue to claim to be less likely to receive one of the FDA-approved vaccines.
Elderly blacks and Spaniards continue to be more likely than older whites to say they will “wait and see” before deciding whether to get the coronavirus vaccine, Kaiser found, although Pew found on Friday that the majority of black Americans – 61 percent – now say they plan to get vaccinated or have already done so, compared to 42% who said the same in November.
Pew found that 14 percent of lower-income adults said they had received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with 20 percent of middle-income adults and 27 percent of upper-income adults.
These findings come as public health experts say that somewhere between 70 percent and 90 percent of the American population will need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, in which enough people will be resistant to the virus that causes COVID-19, that you are almost excluded.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 57.4 million Americans received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday, with 29.8 million now taking two doses.