28% of Americans don't have immediate plans to get vaccinated, a worrying statistic from the latest TIPP poll conducted in early April.
Among our survey respondents, the vaccination status was
- 46% were vaccinated
- 25% have had one dose
- 21% have had two doses
- 54% were not vaccinated
The plans of the 54% who are not vaccinated:
- 25% were waiting for a vaccine to become available
- 15% had no plans to get vaccinated soon
- 13% had no plans to get COVID vaccine at all
The share of respondents who said they had no plans to get vaccinated has increased slightly from 26% in February 2020 to 28% a month later in April.
The demographic segments that have no immediate plans are given below.
- 38% Age 18-24
- 37% Black
- 37% Rural
- 34% Age 45-64
- 33% Women
- 33% Hispanic
- 32% South
- 31% Income $30K - 50K
- 31% Midwest
TIPP surveyed before the FDA "out of an abundance of caution" paused Johnson & Johnson vaccine over rare blood clots.
While the health department and local governments are working hard to increase vaccination rates, American skepticism is proving to be a stumbling block. With active new cases averaging 70,000 per day, authorities urge more compliance and caution to fight the pandemic.
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