HealthDay News — Eight in 10 American adults who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine say they are unlikely to get one, according to the results of a new survey from the Associated Press.
Among those who have not been vaccinated, 35 percent said they are unlikely to get vaccinated and 45 percent say they definitely will not, while only 3 percent said they will definitely get the shots and 16 percent said they probably will, according to the poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Even though vaccines have been shown to provide strong protection against the new coronavirus, the poll also revealed that 64 percent of unvaccinated adults have little to no confidence the shots are effective against coronavirus variants, including the delta variant that accounts for 83 percent of new cases in the United States, the AP reported. Among those already vaccinated, 86 percent have at least some confidence that the vaccines will protect them.
The poll also revealed that 43 percent of Republicans said they have not had a shot and definitely or probably will not get one compared with just 10 percent of Democrats, the AP reported.
There are also significant age- and education-related differences. While 37 percent of adults younger than 45 years said they have not been and likely will not get vaccinated, only 16 percent of older respondents said the same thing. Nearly one-third (30 percent) of those without a college degree said they have not had and are not likely to get a shot compared with 18 percent of those with a college degree.