Poll: A Quarter Of Americans Are Uninterested in Getting Coronavirus Vaccine

Chris Menahan
May. 27, 2020

Around a quarter of American adults (some 52 million out of nearly 210 million adults) have little to no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine with most saying they're nervous about the vaccines being rushed and do not trust the people creating the vaccines, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

From Reuters, "A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine - Reuters/Ipsos poll":
A quarter of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found, with some voicing concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are being developed could compromise safety.

[...] Less than two-thirds of respondents said they were "very" or "somewhat" interested in a vaccine [very interested 38%, somewhat interested 27%], a figure some health experts expected would be higher given the heightened awareness of COVID-19 and the more than 92,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States alone.

[...] Fourteen percent of respondents said they were not at all interested in taking a vaccine, and 10% said they were not very interested. Another 11% were unsure.
"Some 36% of respondents said they would be less willing to take a vaccine if U.S. President Donald Trump said it was safe, compared with only 14% who would be more interested," Reuters reported.

"Among those who are not interested in receiving the vaccine, the most common reason cited is nervousness about a vaccine that has been approved so quickly (48%), and 42% report that the risk of taking a new vaccine outweigh any potential benefits," Ipsos noted.

Thirty-five percent said they "do not trust the people who are creating/developing vaccines."

Jeffrey Epstein's former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz -- who joined Trump's legal team earlier this year to fight impeachment -- said earlier this month that Americans can be forced by the government to take a coronavirus vaccine whether they want it or not.

Dershowitz said Christians and Jews have no grounds for a religious objection because the Torah "required that you take lepers and put them outside of the wall."

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found only 3% of Americans who indicated they did not want the vaccine were doing so for religious reasons.

Scientists have voiced concerns that rushing coronavirus vaccines out without extensive safety testing could massively backfire.

"Studies have suggested that coronavirus vaccines carry the risk of what is known as vaccine enhancement, where instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus," Reuters reported.

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