According to the director of the United States National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, Americans are reluctant to trust the Covid-19 vaccine, and this is the challenge to overcome.
“The challenge is going to be to convince people to get vaccinated,” said this official just last November 30, in a virtual conversation with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
During a virtual conference sponsored by Columbia University on December 10, he said that people in the United States continue to think that the government’s plan to curb Covid-19 is skewed by interests outside of science.
“It’s extraordinary the number of ideas that people come up with about issues such as the use of face masks in public places. There’s no place for political stratagems when dealing with the pandemic,” he said.
The vaccine is generating distrust
Many Americans were unwilling to accept probable vaccines against Covid-19, according to October surveys. However, now that there’s an approved vaccine ready to be applied in the United States from Pfizer, it seems that opinion has softened a little.
A recent Gallup poll, published on December 8, shows that 37% of Americans still don’t want to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The study, carried out between November 16 to 29, began a week after Pfizer and BioNTech’s announcement that their vaccine had shown more than 90 % efficacy in phase 3 clinical trials.
“Gallup first asked Americans in July about their likelihood of getting vaccinated, and at least three out of five said they would. That ratio persisted in August. However, by mid to late September, the public’s willingness had declined,” says the polling house.
By the end of October, willingness to get vaccinated had gone up again, reaching 58 %.
“Initially, women and men said, in equal proportions, that they would receive the vaccine. Yet women changed their minds in September, and now they are less likely than men to get vaccinated,” Gallup says.
Similarly, non-white adults were among the most willing to get vaccinated in July, but they’re now lagging behind white adults.
“At the same time, college graduates are still more keen than those without college degrees to accept the vaccine, but less than in July.”