It rose from mid-September, when only 50% said they would be vaccinated.
However, a vaccine is not worth much if the Americans do not actually get it. A look at the voting trendline for a coronavirus vaccine and history suggests that, again, it’s mostly good news when it comes to people who are willing to get it.
When you dig deeper, you see that much of the concern with a vaccine has to do with safety and effectiveness. In the Axios / Ipsos poll, 68% of Americans said they would probably get the vaccine if they proved safe and effective by public health officials. Among the 42% of Americans who said they would not take the vaccination in the Gallup poll, 63% either cited a hasty timeline or waited to see if it was safe as the cause.
In other words, many people just want to know that the vaccine is safe and effective. If so, the percentage of people willing to be vaccinated is likely to increase.
Just the latest news on Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could increase the percentage willing to get the vaccination.
In the Axios / Ipsos poll conducted before Moderna published their initial findings, and after Pfizer’s initial findings (but before publishing more details and asking for emergency permission), 61% of Americans said they would take the vaccine if the drug companies told them it was at least 90% effective. This rose from the 45% baseline that said they would be vaccinated immediately without knowing more information in the same poll. The two companies have now said that their vaccines were 94.5% and 95% effective.
When the vaccine was shown to be effective, the required number of Americans received the vaccine.
Now, of course, we do not know what the coronavirus vaccines will be like. History is only a guide.
Hopefully, vaccine uptake is topical when the vaccine hits the market. Many lives can depend on it.
That is why it is so important for both Democratic and Republican leaders to back up the researchers if they say a vaccination is safe.