Willingness to Take 1st Generation COVID-19 Vaccine Plummeting

The share of Americans who say they’ll try a first-generation coronavirus vaccine is dropping based on the new Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index and the trend is true among both Democrats and Republicans. The steep drop in those willing to take the vaccine illustrates the high risk of politicizing the virus and its treatments and the uphill battle health authorities will face in convincing enough Americans that a vaccine is safe and effective. Based on the national survey:

  • Many respondents feel a vaccine will be risky.
  • Only half are prepared to pay out of pocket for it.
  • Just 13% say they would be willing to try it immediately.
  • Men remain more likely than women to take the first-generation vaccine.
  • Black Americans are about half as likely as Hispanics or whites to take it.

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