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  • The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday found 45 percent of unvaccinated adults in the U.S. said they definitely won't get the vaccine.
  • Thirty-five percent said they probably won’t.
  • The survey also found unvaccinated people have major doubts about whether the vaccine is effective against new strains.

A new poll suggests most Americans who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be immunized against the disease any time soon. 

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday found 45 percent of unvaccinated adults in the U.S. said they definitely won't get the vaccine, while 35 percent said they probably won’t. 


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Meanwhile, 16 percent of unvaccinated Americans said they probably will get the shot, and 3 percent said they definitely will. 

The survey also found unvaccinated people have major doubts about whether the vaccine is effective against new strains, despite evidence vaccines administered in the U.S. provide significant protection against the circulating strains, including the highly transmissible delta variant. 

Sixty-four percent of unvaccinated adults said they’re not confident vaccines are effective against variants, While 25 percent said they were somewhat confident, 10 percent said they were extremely or very confident. 

Among those who are vaccinated, 86 percent said they were either extremely confident or somewhat confident the vaccines provide protection against strains of the coronavirus. 

The poll was conducted among 1,308 adults from July 15-19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent. 

The poll comes as federal health officials in recent days have warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated'' as the delta variant surges across the country and places with lagging vaccination rates are seeing a spike in infections. The variant now makes up more than 83 percent of the virus circulating in the U.S., with unvaccinated people making up nearly all coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths nationally. 


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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Thursday called out those who have yet to be vaccinated, saying “it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” 

The state has recently seen a spike in infections and is one of the least vaccinated in the U.S., with about 34 percent fully vaccinated and 41 percent having received one dose, according to The Washington Post

 

 

The current seven-day average for new infections is 40,246, a nearly 47-percent increase from the week prior. Hospitalizations have increased more than 32 percent and deaths more than 9 percent from last week. 


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Published on Jul 23, 2021