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Percentage of Americans who say they won’t get vaccinated drops to record low in new poll

The percentage of Americans who say they will never get vaccinated against the coronavirus has dropped to a new low, according to a new poll. 

The Axios-Ipsos poll published on Tuesday found 20 percent of Americans said they either are not very likely or not likely at all to receive a vaccine. That represents a new low in the survey and is down from a combined 34 percent in March and 23 percent two weeks ago, Axios noted. 

The factors driving down vaccine hesitancy, the survey found, were a surge in delta variant cases, the return of children to schools in recent days and the Food and Drug Administration’s granting of full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier this month. 

“Schools, organizations, companies, governments implementing mandates are forcing people to deal with them,” Cliff Young of Ipsos said in an analysis published with the survey’s results. “That’s what going on.”

Overall, 68 percent of Americans with K-12 children said they have either already vaccinated their children or are likely to do so as soon as it’s approved for their age group. That represents a new high in the poll, up double digits from 56 percent from the middle of July.

A total of 19 percent also indicated their employers are mandating vaccines, a slight increase from 16 percent two weeks ago. 

The poll was conducted Aug. 27-30 among 1,071 respondents. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

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