Most Americans Oppose COVID Vaccine Mandates
And while 38% said they were opposed to compulsory school vaccination, 49% said the idea was acceptable, according to the report.
Among those who said they were likely to get the shot anyway, support for the mandate soared. Among this group, 74% supported mandates for children / schools, 65% of mandates for adults and 73% of mandates imposed by the employer.
Support dropped among black respondents with just 27% in favor of mandatory adult immunizations. But support has grown among college graduates.
Political affiliation also influenced the outlook. Democrats strongly favored adult, employer-imposed, and children’s terms (61%, 66%, and 70%, respectively), but support dropped dramatically among Republicans (23%, 31% and 28%, respectively).
Still, Largent struck a largely optimistic tone.
“Now that we have all these great pictures of health care providers being vaccinated, I think we will see an increase in the number of people reporting that they are likely to be vaccinated,” she said.
But that will depend on the honesty and frankness of the medical community about the science, said Dr. Erika Schwartz, a preventive medicine specialist and founder of Evolved Science in New York City. She was not part of the investigation team.
“We have to show convincing results,” Schwartz said. And for the future, “the data collected must target a much more representative sample of the population. People at high risk must be carefully assessed and transparency in the dissemination of data is crucial.”
Kathryn Tart, founding dean and professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Houston, said building trust was essential and nurses would play a major role in this. Over the past 17 years, she said, the Gallup poll has found nurses to be the most trusted professionals.
“We are extremely happy to have this vaccine, which is why we are lining up – nurses and healthcare professionals – to get vaccinated,” Tart said. “And you can trust us, because when we have a choice between living or dying, we choose life. That’s what nurses do. And this vaccine will save lives.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our sincere thanks to