Many people are chomping at the bit for the day they can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Meanwhile, the “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey recently found that about half of Americans have misgivings about getting vaccinated.
The survey asked respondents if they agreed or disagreed with this statement: “I will definitely get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.”
- 50% strongly agree
- 12% somewhat agree
- 15% somewhat disagree
- 23% strongly disagree
When those who are unlikely to get the vaccine were asked this survey question, “Which of the following are reasons you are not likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available,” they could choose all that apply. In descending order, this is what they told the researchers:
- 60% said, “I’m not convinced the vaccine is safe”
- 40% said, “I’m not convinced that the vaccine will work”
- 32% said, “I believe that with the new variants of COVID-19, the vaccines are less effective”
- 25% said, “I believe that the pandemic is blown out of proportion”
- 14% said, “I believe that I am at low risk to contract COVID-19”
- 13% said, “I believe that if I get sick, it’s no big deal”
- 12% said, “I’m put off by needles.”The margin of error on the February 4, 2021 online survey of 534 Americans is +/-4.24% at the 95% con-fidence interval. The Back-to-Normal Barometer is a survey funded by marketing research firm Sports and Leisure Research Group, public policy message testing firm Engagious and ROKK Solutions, a bipartisan public affairs firm.