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One in four remain unwilling to get coronavirus vaccine: poll

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A new poll released by Monmouth University on Monday found that, while a majority of people reported being satisfied with the coronavirus vaccine rollout, 1 in 4 still say they do not plan on getting the shot.

“The American public has become less concerned about contracting Covid-19 since vaccines have become more widely available. However, 1 in 4 remain unwilling to get the shot, even though most are satisfied with the vaccine rollout so far,” the university said in a press release.

“The Monmouth University Poll also finds that public opinion of how state governors and federal health agencies have handled the pandemic remain largely positive, although not quite as positive as they were at its onset one year ago. Confidence in President Joe Biden’s ability to get the outbreak under control has dipped since he first took office, but remains largely positive.”

When asked how satisfied they were with how the coronavirus vaccine has been rolled out, 18 percent said they were very satisfied and 42 percent said they were somewhat satisfied. 22 percent said they were somewhat dissatisfied and 13 percent said they were very dissatisfied.

The survey also asked if a respondent would get the vaccine as soon as they were allowed. Thirty-eight percent said they would get the vaccine as soon as it was allowed, a drop from 50 percent who said the same in January. While 21 percent said they would “see how it goes,” and 24 percent said they would likely never get the vaccine, staying largely the same from when the survey was conducted in January.

“Neither governors nor federal health agencies are getting quite the widespread praise they enjoyed early in the pandemic. But both groups continue to garner fairly positive reviews one year on,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said.

The poll was conducted from Feb. 25 to March 1 and surveyed 802 adults. The results had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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