1 in 5 Americans will still refuse COVID-19 vaccine: poll
More Americans than ever are ready and willing to get the COVID-19 jab, according to the latest Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Just one in five Americans are refusing vaccination against COVID-19, the pollster said Tuesday, meaning vaccine opposition is waning across the country. The number of those who say they are firmly against the shot has also dropped to its lowest level, at 14%.
Still, social distancing remains a high priority for half of Americans, who say they are staying home as much as possible amid the recent upswing in coronavirus infections.
The results come as the Delta variant surges across the US. Studies have shown that while vaccinated people can become infected with COVID-19, and potentially spread the disease to others, their likelihood of developing severe illness is significantly lower. The US added 160,000 new cases during the past seven days — the highest weekly average since January.
Meanwhile, Americans may also be gaining confidence in the vaccine following the Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine, after receiving emergency authorization in 2020 to go forth ahead of more robust research. Many had been reluctant to take the shot until such a time that the FDA could guarantee its efficacy.
The poll also revealed a reluctancy to return to business as usual. Some 60% of Americans believe they’d be at a “large or moderate risk” of coronavirus infection if they were to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles. They are, however, also eking out of their homes more as 56% reported that they’d gone out to eat or visit another’s home during the past week.
Parents are especially eager to see their children vaccinated as now more than two-thirds, 68%, are planning to get or have already received their shots. Opposition to children’s vaccination dropped to less than 31%.
Meanwhile, a majority of Americans — up to 70% — support the use of masks in public spaces, including schools. And while 80% of Americans are amenable to vaccination, just 57% agree that employers have a right to require them.
Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US
Since January 2020, the disease has spread to each state and nearly every territory
Last updated: September 1, 2021 at 6:45 p.m. ET
Covid-19 has killed at least 641,937 people and infected about 39.4 million in the United States since last January, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.
Cases and deaths per 100K residents, by county
Values represent the seven-day moving average of daily reported cases per 100,000 residents for the period of Aug. 25–Aug. 31. We show a moving average to account for variations in the data caused by, for example, delays or errors in data reporting.
Updated on September 01/2021
Total cases 39,376,916
Total deaths 641,937
On a per capita basis, Tennessee, North Dakota and Rhode Island have reported the most cases while New Jersey and Mississippi are leading the country in deaths.
Reported cases and deaths
The figures below are based on data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. These numbers are updated every 15 minutes and may differ from other sources due to reporting times. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow our live coverage.
|Location||Cases||…per 100K people||Deaths||…per 100K people|
|District of Columbia||55,570||7,874||1,161||165|
|US Virgin Islands||5,924||55|
|Northern Mariana Islands||243||2|
- * Includes cases repatriated from the Grand Princess and Diamond Princess cruise ships.
- Last updated: September 1, 2021 at 6:45 p.m. ET
- Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Those numbers fail to paint a complete picture, however, since testing scarcity and delays likely left many Covid-19 cases and deaths undiagnosed, especially during the outbreak’s early stages.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as one in three people in the United States has been infected, more than three times the official count.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized vaccines from three manufacturers — Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — for emergency use and a mass vaccination campaign is underway in the United States. While new daily cases have dropped dramatically from the January 2021 peak, the race between vaccines and variants continues, especially in parts of the country that are less vaccinated.