Vax Resisters Share General Mistrust Of Vaccines, As Well As Safety And Efficacy Concerns

Vax Resisters Share General Mistrust Of Vaccines, As Well As Safety And Efficacy Concerns

28% of Americans are “vax resisters” who don’t plan to get a COVID vaccine soon. This article explores reasons for the hesitancy. It also demonstrates the steady gain in acceptance for coronavirus vaccines in the population.

Anjali Krishnan
Anjali Krishnan

28% of Americans are “vax resisters” and lack urgency to vaccinate.

tippinsights analysis shows that vax resisters share a general mistrust of vaccines and are skeptical about coronavirus vaccine safety and efficacy.

Seventy-two percent of vax resisters in our TIPP Poll conducted in early April have a general mistrust of vaccines, compared to only 18% of acceptors.  Furthermore, 69% of vax resisters are skeptical of coronavirus vaccine safety and efficacy, compared to 10% of acceptors.

On the positive side, coronavirus vaccines continue to build on their acceptance among Americans. Our data shows small yet steady positive changes in favor of the vaccines.

General Trust In Vaccines Improves


  • 63% trust vaccines
  • 33% lack trust

Further, break down of the data shows

  • 32% have a lot of trust
  • 31% quite a bit of trust
  • 21% some trust
  • 12% no trust at all
  • 4% undecided

When compared to the data collected in late February 2021, most segments reflected this positive trend. We noted an increase of

  • 2 points in overall trust
  • 6 point increase among the youngsters
  • 7 point increase among women

Surprisingly, we noted a 3 point drop among men’s trust in vaccines. Reports of side effects and the risk of still getting infected despite the shot could be reasons behind the small changes.

Demographic Variations

Starkly varying views regarding vaccines among the various sections of the population persists. Many believe that community and political leaders should come forward to advocate for the vaccine.

While 65% of Whites who took part in our February and April surveys expressed their trust in vaccines, there was a significant increase among Blacks and a big drop among Hispanics.

  • 65% of Whites trust the vaccine (no change)
  • 53% of Blacks trust the vaccine (up 10 points)
  • 54% of Hispanics trust the vaccine (down 5 points)

Data revealed a 2-point positive shift among those households earning less than $30K and a 2 point drop among those with incomes between $50K -$75K. Other income groups experienced a significant shift.

  • 64% among 30K-50K (up 7 points)
  • 81% among 75K+ (up 6 points)
  • 62% among 50K -75K (down 2 points)

Perception Of Coronavirus Vaccines’ Safety And Effectiveness Improves

As with the trust in vaccines, peoples’ perception of their safety and effectiveness is rising. Overall,

  • 67% are confident of their use
  • 27% are not confident
  • 5% are not sure either way
  • 1% chose not to answer

Those segments showing a positive change regarding the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are:

  • 63% South of the country (6 points)
  • 75% Western regions of the country (6points)
  • 59% of the rural population (8 points)
  • 71% among 25-44 age group (5 points)
  • 63% among women (9 points)
  • 55% income under $30K (4 points)

Messaging related to the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccines will improve their acceptance.  Recent research by Dartmouth researchers has shown that the U.S. media is highly negative and must introspect and act responsibly to improve the situation.

TIPP Takes

New Report Slams China For 'Systematic' Oppression Against Uyghurs

  • "Chinese authorities have systematically persecuted Turkic Muslims — their lives, their religion, and their culture," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), in the report.
  • The report said, "Beijing has said it's providing 'vocational training' and 'deradicalization,' but that rhetoric can't obscure a grim reality of crimes against humanity."
  • The alleged crimes highlighted in the report include imprisonment, persecution of an identifiable ethnic or religious group, torture, murder, inhumane acts intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to mental or physical health, and more.
  • According to HRW, an estimated one million people have been detained in 300 to 400 facilities across Xinjiang since 2017.
  • "According to official statistics, arrests in Xinjiang accounted for nearly 21% of all arrests in China in 2017, despite people in Xinjiang making up only 1.5% of the total population," states the HRW report.
  • The report entitled "'Break their lineage, break their roots': China's crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims" can be found here.
  • Read tippinsights background story here.

Why The World Should Pay Attention To Taiwan's Drought

  • Taiwan is supposed to be one of the rainiest places in the world - its climate is subtropical in the northern and central regions and tropical in the south.
  • Taiwan, however, is now in its worst drought in 56 years. Many of its reservoirs are at less than 20% capacity, with water levels at some falling below 10%.
  • If Taiwan's reservoirs dry up, it could hurt the global electronics industry, as Taiwan manufactures roughly 90% of the most advanced microchips.
  • The government has stopped irrigating more than 74,000 hectares of farmland last year.
  • "Climate change has never been a centre of discussion in our government or society. Although everybody talks about being afraid of climate change, it tends to be lip service. They express care, but don't take any action," says Hsu Huang-Hsiung, a climate change expert at government-funded think tank Academia Sinica.

Russia Plans Its Own Space Station In 2025

  • The International Space Station (ISS) was launched in 1998 by the Russian and US space agencies and has been hailed for its exemplary cooperation involving numerous countries.
  • Now, Russian officials have indicated they could pull out of the ISS in 2025.
  • Russia's Roscosmos space agency says its agreement with international partners runs out in 2024.
  • The planned Russian space station would orbit at a higher latitude and thus be better able to view the polar regions, which would be helpful in the opening up of the Northern Sea Route. Russia hopes to develop the route as Arctic sea ice melts.
  • Last month it had signed an agreement with China's National Space Administration to develop a lunar research station on the Moon's surface, in orbit, or both.

Argentina Produces Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine in Regional First

  • An Argentine firm has produced test batches of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, the first in Latin America. It aims to scale up manufacturing of the drug by mid-year as the wider region grapples with a new surge in infections.
  • Argentina's inoculation program has relied heavily on Sputnik V.
  • The South American country was one of the first to use the vaccine on a large scale to inoculate its population and has faced delays getting other vaccines.
  • Russian scientist Denis Logunov, a lead developer of the Sputnik V vaccine, said that the vaccine had proven itself 97.6% effective against COVID-19 in a real-world assessment.
  • That was higher than the 91.6% rate outlined in results from a large-scale trial of Sputnik V published in The Lancet medical journal earlier this year.


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