More than three-quarters of Americans who do not plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will change their minds, according to a recent poll.
Carried out by Gallup between May 18 and May 23, the survey found that 24 percent of adults do not plan to be vaccinated.
Of that group, 78 percent reported they are unlikely to change their stance on receiving the vaccine, with more than half saying it’s “not at all likely.”
Only about of those who said they didn’t plan to get the COVID-19 shot indicated they were open to changing their mind.
The results point to a crisis that public health officials are currently facing as vaccine demand continues to decline slowly across the country and the potential to achieve herd immunity appears to be diminishing.
According to the Gallup data, there is no strong reason why many Americans are hesitant to get the vaccine.
The most common reason is that many are still skeptical about the safety of the vaccines, with 23 percent citing this.
All three vaccines available in the United States are considered safe for use and have received emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
They are all awaiting full FDA approval, but that may not come until late 2021 or early 2022.
Another group, 20 percent, think they are not at risk from the virus.
About 16 percent each said they were concerned about the hasty introduction of the vaccines or were skeptical about vaccines in general.
Nearly half of Republicans (46 percent) say they don’t plan to get the vaccine, compared to just 6 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of the self-employed.
and nearly a third of college-educated Americans (31 percent) say they won’t be vaccinated, compared with 12 percent of college-educated Americans.
West Virginia Gov Jim Justice (pictured) last week announced a vaccine sweepstakes in his state, to encourage state residents to get the shots by giving away guns, trucks and cash. The state joins many others who have launched similar programs to counter declining demand for vaccines
Demand for the vaccines in America has stagnated in recent weeks, after peaking in April. President Joe Biden has set a goal of having 70 percent of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4, and the goal remains within reach despite a recent delay in vaccine rollout
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 63 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, 51.5 percent of the total population has had one dose, and more than 40 percent of the country is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Experts predict that between 70 and 85 percent of the U.S. population may need to be fully vaccinated for the country to achieve herd immunity, meaning the country is about halfway there.
According to Gallup data, if America is to reach a point where 80 percent of the population is vaccinated, health officials will have to start convincing some Americans to get stung.
Gallup predicts that 80 percent is the ceiling on how many Americans will get at least one dose of the vaccine.
Some states have resorted to vaccine lotteries and other lotteries to convince their populations to get the shots.
In Ohio, five vaccinated residents will be chosen in the coming weeks to receive $1 million each.
West Virginia put on a creative vaccine sweepstakes, giving away shotguns, shotguns and modified trucks as part of their incentives to get residents vaccinated.
The efforts have been successful so far, as vaccination rates — especially among younger Americans — have risen since the giveaways were announced.
In the shorter term, President Joe Biden has set a goal of giving 70 percent of American adults their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine by July 4.
The Gallup poll estimates that 12 percent of Americans are unvaccinated but are willing to get vaccinated soon, meaning the president’s goal is still within reach with a month to go.