Will Enough Americans Be Willing to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine When it’s Available?

Two-thirds of U.S. voters say they won’t try to get a coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available and one in four say they don’t want to get it ever, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk poll released the same week that the number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 6 million.

“I don’t plan on being anyone’s guinea pig,” Ebony Dew, an independent from Capitol Heights, Maryland, said. “I don’t plan on getting it at all.”

The 40-year-old access control specialist questions the safety of a potential vaccine, echoing concerns shared by millions of Americans.

“I feel like their testing is a trial and error,” Dew said. “And I also feel that they don’t really know all that much about this virus, so how can they create a cure for it just yet?”

The poll of 1,000 voters follows similar surveys conducted in the past month that indicate as many as one third of Americans would decline a vaccine, fueled by mistrust of the Trump administration’s push to speed up its development as well as a sizable slice of the country that generally oppose immunizations of any kind.

President Donald Trump has been promoting Operation Warp Speed, a multi-agency initiative to expedite rapid production of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines. Its goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of vaccine by January.  Three vaccine candidates are in Phase 3 trials in the United States, and more are expected to enter Phase 3 trials by the end of September, according to Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Experts say the level of public resistance to an immunization against a virus that has already killed more than 185,000 Americans is concerning because it undermines the utility of the vaccine.

“If you have 330 million doses of vaccine and nobody wants it, it accomplishes nothing. You’ve got to use the vaccine. It’s just as important as how effective the vaccine is,” said Dr. David Salmon, a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and an expert in global disease epidemiology and control.

“You probably need between 70 and 80% of the population to get immune in order to really control COVID,” he said. “And when I say immune, I mean both get the vaccine and the vaccine worked for them.”

The USA TODAY/Suffolk poll found that about two-thirds of the 1,000 voters surveyed – 67% – would either not take the vaccine until others have tried it (44%) or not take it at all (23%).

The other third of respondents were split between those who said they would take the vaccine as soon as it’s available (27%) or those who were undecided (6%). Those 75 and older were by far the likeliest to say they will get the vaccine right  away.

The poll, taken Aug. 28-31, surveyed registered voters by cell phone and…

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