Slim majority plans to take COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available: poll

Slim majority plans to take COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available: poll
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A slight majority of Americans plan to receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available, according to new polling from Ipsos released Tuesday.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said they will take a first-generation vaccine immediately once it becomes available, up 6 points from the previous week and 14 points up from the same survey about two months ago.

Seventy percent say they would get a vaccine once it is available if it comes with the endorsement of public health officials. Among demographics less likely to trust a vaccine than the general population, such as Black Americans and Republicans, a majority also say they would receive a vaccine under those circumstances.

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The belief that a vaccine will be available over the next three months has also increased, with 47 percent answering in the affirmative, compared to 32 percent a week ago, according to the poll.

Amid widespread warnings from public health officials that large gatherings for the Thanksgiving holiday are a health risk, respondents are widely aware of the threat, according to the poll.

Sixty-one percent of those polled have changed their Thanksgiving plans, with the most common change of plans being only dining with members of their immediate household, at 29 percent. Another 24 percent say they changed their plans to have a smaller dinner and 9 percent said they no longer plan to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Seventy-two percent of respondents consider dining indoors at a restaurant to be a high to moderate risk, up from 68 percent last week, and 33 percent say they have gone out to eat in the last week, down from 40 percent the week before.

Seventy-two percent of Americans say they wear a mask whenever they leave home, an all-time high that reflects a steady climb from the mid-60s in recent months.

Researchers surveyed 1,002 adults from Nov. 20-23. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 to 3.4 percentage points.