If everyone in the U.S. who says they definitely plan to get vaccinated gets the shot, it won’t be enough to end the pandemic. That’s because vast numbers of Americans are either unsure about getting the Covid-19 vaccine or say they will never get it, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The survey of responses from about 68,000 adults conducted Jan. 6-18 provides the most comprehensive picture yet about which Americans are hesitant to get vaccinated—and why.
About 51% of unvaccinated adults said they will definitely get the vaccine, with 26% saying they probably will, 14% saying they probably will not and 10% saying they definitely will not.
Studies show that to stop the spread of Covid-19 and its mutations, between 70% and 80% of the population must develop immunity, raising the stakes for health officials to lure ambivalent Americans into taking the vaccines.
At present, about 8% of the U.S. population has had at least one dose of vaccine, according to CDC and Census data.