More Want COVID-19 Vaccine Earlier
December 21, 2020 – A growing number of people want the COVID-19 vaccine sooner, according to a new WebMD poll.
About 37% of people said they plan to get the vaccine in the next 3 months, up from 27% in September and 26% in July.
A majority – 56% – said they would take one within the next year. That number is also up slightly from September, when 54.6% of people said they would receive the vaccine in the first year.
The results reflect other recent polls that tracked people’s opinions on when to get the vaccine. About 40% of Americans say they plan to take a vaccine as soon as it becomes available, according to an ABC News / Ipsos poll released on December 14.
Likewise, about 34% of people said they would take a vaccine “as soon as possible,” according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released on Tuesday.
“People who may have taken a wait-and-see approach may feel more confident as we learn more about the vaccine’s safety and how it works,” says John Whyte, MD, chief medical officer of WebMD. “After almost a year, and we finally have some hope for the end of the pandemic.”
The FDA has cleared the use of two COVID-19 vaccines as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country.
The FDA granted emergency use authorization for Moderna’s COVID vaccine on Friday.
State hospitals and health departments across the country are already receiving the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Some healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities were vaccinated this week. The FDA granted emergency clearance for the Pfizer vaccine on December 11.
In the new WebMD poll of 1,785 readers, 12% said they would not get the vaccine at all, up from 12.5% in September and 28% in July. Another 23% of readers still do not know or do not know when they will receive the vaccine. And 8% said they would wait more than a year.
Public health officials and politicians have started encouraging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as their turn on the priority list. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have said they will take the vaccine as well, and they could get the vaccine in public and on video to boost Americans’ confidence.
The Trump administration is also rolling out a $ 250 million public education campaign to build confidence in the vaccine. Reluctance to vaccinate is one of the biggest concerns in the vaccine deployment process, said Moncef Slaoui, PhD, chief medical adviser for Operation Warp Speed. CBS this morning.
“I really hope we can change that,” he said.
The average person with no underlying conditions should be able to access a vaccine by April or May, Slaoui said.
The WebMD poll also showed that people of all ages were more likely to say they would take a vaccine within the next 3 months once it became available, although older adults were more likely to say they would take it sooner. Readers aged 65 and older were the most likely to say they would like a vaccine sooner, followed by those aged 55 to 64.
The results also varied by gender. Women were twice as likely as men to say they would take a vaccine within the next 90 days, although both men and women were more likely to opt for the next 3 months than any other schedule.
The majority of people – around 70% – will need to be vaccinated in the United States to achieve herd immunity and end the pandemic. Most people in the country should be able to be vaccinated in late spring or early summer, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told MSNBC this week.
“I believe we can get there by then, so by the time we go into the fall we can start to approach a certain level of relief, where the level of infection will be so low in society.” , we can basically start to approach some form of normalcy, ”he says.
Until then, people will need to follow public health measures to slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks, avoiding crowds and social distancing, he said.
“A vaccine at the present time does not replace normal standard public health measures,” Fauci said. “It is only when the level of infection in society is so low that it no longer poses a threat to public health that you can then consider the possibility of withdrawing public health measures.”
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