More Americans Suddenly Pro-Vaccine, Poll Finds

Nearly 70% of U.S. adults say they have already received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine or plan to get vaccinated, representing a substantial increase from the 51% who stated they planned to receive the vaccine in September, according to a new national survey released Friday by Pew Research Center.

Some 56% of Republicans now say they plan to get or have already gotten a coronavirus vaccine, … [+]

The reduction in vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans has been dramatic, with 61% now saying they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine, which is almost double the percentage who said they planned to get vaccinated back in September.

A partisan divide persists, however, and has actually widened.

Some 56% of Republicans now say they plan to get or have already received a coronavirus vaccine, compared to 83% of Democrats.

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The nationwide Pew survey was conducted between February 16 and February 21 among 10,121 U.S. adults.

In early February, the U.S was administering an approximate average of 1.3 million vaccine doses per day. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that daily average topped 2 million this week. Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot dose was authorized for emergency use over the weekend but is not yet accounted for in the CDC data. Early in the pandemic, the World Health Organization stated that between 60% to 70% of a population must acquire resistance to the coronavirus, either through infection or vaccination, to achieve herd immunity. Yet, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, has stated that that number may be north of 80%. The Pew survey found that those respondents who were hesitant to receive the vaccine primarily cited fears over potential side effects and concerns that vaccines were developed and tested too quickly.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden said the U.S. was “on track” to have enough supply of coronavirus vaccines for every adult in America by the end of May.

According to the Pew survey, one in four Americans say they have had the coronavirus, and two thirds say they know someone who has been hospitalized or who has died from the virus.

54 million. That’s the number of Americans who have received at least one dose of the two Covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S. as of Thursday evening, according to the CDC.

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