Many would get vaccinated, but hesitation remains

Most say they will receive, or at least could receive, a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible – or have already received one – but there are many who are still on the fence about it. A lot of them say “maybe” they’ll get one, and then there are others who bluntly say they won’t.

When asked why they can’t or won’t, the reasons lean towards skepticism about the vaccine and its development with a wait-and-see approach, and worry about side effects. There are also some who are wary of neither the government nor those who developed the coup. And there are partisan views at work here as well.

One in five also say they never get any vaccines, and a similar number say they’re just not concerned about the coronavirus.

Democrats are much more likely than Republicans and Independents to say yes, they would get one. The latter two groups say they would rather wait and see what happens – that’s one of the main reasons they’re not saying yes. (In other polls throughout the pandemic, Republicans have been relatively less concerned about the virus, in general, than Democrats, though that’s not as much of a reason for them here, compared to concerns about its non-test or its side effects.)

When we consider those who say they’ll get it plus those who already have, we see some differences by race, with black and Hispanic respondents being a little less likely to say they already have one. . But among those who haven’t yet gotten the hang of it, the drive to get one is comparable among white, black, and Hispanic Americans overall. Part of this is linked to partisanship as well.

And amidst much debate about schools and reopening, Americans are mixed. While only a third want schools to open fully as usual with full schedules, most want at least limited reopening with at least partial or rotating schedules. Here again we see partisan differences, with Republicans much more likely than Democrats to call for a full reopening of schools. Among parents, in particular, these differing opinions also emerge, but with comparable numbers, around a third want schools to be fully open.

The CBS News survey of 1,500 adult citizens in the United States was conducted by YouGov between February 21 and 24, 2021. This sample was weighted based on gender, age, race and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as the 2020 presidential vote and registration status. The margin of error is ± 2.7 points.

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