There are more than 100 vaccines in the works to combat COVID-19, according to data from the World Health Organization, but a new survey shows that some Americans are skeptical about receiving a vaccination once it's available to the public.
Yahoo and data company YouGov surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults and asked "If and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, will you get vaccinated?" One-quarter of respondents said they will not get vaccinated. On the flipside, 46% said they will, and another 28% said they’re not sure if they’ll get it or not.
These preferences are similar to how people feel about the common flu vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination coverage for Americans 18 and older was approximately 45% in 2019.
Further information shows that those aged 65 and up — among the most at-risk groups in the country — claim the highest percentage of people who said they will get vaccinated for coronavirus (50%), while the 18 to 29 age group is the least likely to (42%).
From a geographical standpoint, the highest approval for a COVID-19 vaccination is among suburban residents (54%) compared to city-dwellers (46%), people living in towns (45%) and those in rural America (35%).
When you bring politics into consideration, Democrats (61%) are more likely to get the vaccination than Republicans (45%) and Independents (35%). Candidate-wise, 34% of people who intend to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election will be vaccinated as opposed to 67% of respondents who plan to vote for Joe Biden.
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