This Is How Many People Say They'd Refuse a Coronavirus Vaccine

According to a new poll, plenty of Americans wouldn't line up to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

One of the biggest question marks amid the coronavirus pandemic has been when scientists and researchers will be able to develop and distribute a vaccine. But a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicates not everyone will be lining up to get their COVID-19 shot if and when one becomes available. According to the poll, only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine. How many said they would opt not to be vaccinated? Twenty percent of respondents. The other 31 percent of individuals polled said they were uncertain whether they'd get the shot or not.

The main reasons why people said they'd refuse vaccination, according to the research, were concern over potential side effects and worry that the shot would result in them catching COVID-19. On the other hand, those planning to get the shot said they'd do so primarily to protect themselves and their families.

Breaking it down even further, the results showed a noticeable divide based on age. The poll found that 67 percent of people 60 and older would get vaccinated, compared with 40 percent of respondents under the age of 60. Similarly, those worried that they or someone in their household could be infected with the virus were more likely to get the vaccination than those who claimed not to be worried about infection—55 percent and 32 percent, respectively.

close up of doctor withdrawing vaccine with needle

Regardless of whether or not they'd personally get vaccinated, the poll found that as a group, respondents were mostly in agreement regarding the value of having a vaccine available. Of all individuals polled, 79 percent said that it is an important factor for reopening activities and businesses where they live. Among those who felt that way, 46 percent said a vaccine is essential for reopening, while 33 percent felt that it's important but not essential.

Other reasons respondents said they'd refuse the coronavirus vaccine included having doubts about the effectiveness of vaccines in general, feeling that the coronavirus wasn't a serious enough illness, and having a fear of needles. And for more on COVID-19 immunity, check out Will Coronavirus Go Away Without a Vaccine? Here's What Experts Say.

Filed Under