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Interest in immediately getting first-generation COVID-19 vaccine drops: poll

Interest in immediately getting first-generation COVID-19 vaccine drops: poll
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The percentage of Americans who say they will seek a coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available has dropped among Republicans, Democrats and independents, according to the latest Axios-Ipsos polling.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents now say they will likely get a first-generation vaccine once it is available. This includes 43 percent of Democrats and independents and 33 percent of Republicans. The steepest drop is among Democrats, who were 13 percentage points less likely to get a vaccine immediately than in a previous poll. Interest among Republicans fell 8 points, and only 2 points among independents.

The portion of Americans saying they do not want to take a vaccine as soon as it’s available stands at 60 percent in the new poll, an increase from 53 percent in late August. Only 9 percent of respondents are now “very likely” to get a first-generation vaccine, a decrease of 17 percent in August. One in three — 33 percent — said they are “not at all likely” to get it, compared to 26 percent in August.

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The new survey also found that 30 percent of respondents said they intend to get the vaccine within the first few months of it coming to market. Sixteen percent of respondents said they would get it within a few weeks, while 18 percent said they would likely wait for at least a year. Men are more likely than women to say they would take a first-generation vaccine, according to the poll.

Thirty-eight percent of poll respondents also said they expect a vaccine to be covered by their health insurance, compared to 11 percent who believe the federal government will cover it. Four percent expect to have to pay for it out of pocket. If they had to pay, the majority of respondents said they expect to pay under $50 for the vaccine.

Pollsters surveyed 1,008 American adults between Sept. 18 and Sept. 21. The results have a margin of error between 3 and 3.4 percentage points.