Scientists and researchers have been working for months on a COVID-19 vaccine, but about half of the U.S. population isn’t keen on getting the shot when it becomes available.
In a poll conducted this month by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, 49 percent of those surveyed said they plan to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, 20 percent said they won’t get the vaccine and 31 percent said they weren’t sure.
Twenty percent of Americans anticipate that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available by the end of the year. Sixty-one percent expect it during 2021, and about 17 percent predict it will take longer than that to develop.
Seniors are more likely to say they will get the vaccine, according to the poll. African Americans are more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to say they do not plan to get the vaccine, the poll showed.
In 2019, a survey by the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases found similarly that 52 percent of Americans planned to get vaccinated for flu that season.
In Florida, the number of childhood immunizations is also down in the pandemic. Data from the Florida Department of Health shows a 15 percent drop in the number of vaccinations administered in March compared to the same month last year. In April, the drop was 40 percent. Physicians attribute the significant drop to the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-at-home orders.
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