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Poll: Americans increasingly likely to get COVID-19 vaccine

Poll: Americans increasingly likely to get COVID-19 vaccine
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A new poll indicates Americans have become more willing to take the coronavirus vaccine since Pfizer’s and Moderna’s candidates were authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.

Forty-six percent of respondents said in the USA Today-Suffolk University survey they intend to take the vaccine at the earliest available opportunity, up 20 percentage points from a similar poll in late October. The new survey also found 32 percent of respondents are willing to wait for others to get the shot first.

Despite the increased share of respondents willing to take the vaccine, pollsters found 20 percent unwilling to take it at any time, a finding unchanged from October.

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The survey released Wednesday found a wide gap between Democratic and Republican willingness to take the vaccine as early as possible, with 67 percent of Democrats polled saying they would compared to 35 percent of Republicans. Republican respondents willing to take it as soon as possible were statistically tied with the 36 percent who said they would never take it.

Two-thirds of all respondents unwilling to take the vaccine said they have concerns about its safety, while 14 percent said they do not take vaccines in general and 8 percent said they do not consider the coronavirus pandemic enough of a threat to take it.

Political figures on both sides of the aisle have sought to boost confidence in the vaccine by publicly receiving it, including Vice President Pence and President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report MORE. However, the new survey found more than 40 percent of respondents said the person whose advice they trust most on the vaccine is their own doctor, and 30 percent named Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing Overnight Health Care: All adults in US now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine | White House launches media blitz to promote vaccines MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert. Fauci received the vaccine earlier this week.

The survey also found a slight majority of Americans polled, 52 percent, approve of Biden’s approach to handling the virus, compared to 30 percent who disapprove and 18 percent who were unsure.

Researchers surveyed 1,000 adults from Dec. 16-20. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.