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Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, in Valdosta, Ga., where he held his first rally as a lame duck president on Saturday.
Vaccines are nearing approval. How willing are Americans to be vaccinated?
More Americans are telling pollsters that they intend to get a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available, but the share saying so remains below what Dr. Anthony Fauci has said will be necessary.
A Pew Research Center poll published last week found that 60 percent of Americans said it was at least probable that they would get the vaccine. That was up from the 51 percent who said so in September, though not as high as in May, when it was 72 percent, before the president began putting increased pressure on public health officials to swiftly approve a vaccine.
Willingness to be vaccinated ran lowest among Black Americans and highest among Asian-Americans. Men were considerably more likely than women to say they would get vaccinated, and Democrats were more likely than Republicans — only half of whom said they would definitely or probably get the vaccine.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has said that at least 70 percent of Americans would need to take the vaccine in order for the country to achieve herd immunity.
Essential workers are expected to be among the first in line to receive vaccinations as they become available in the weeks and months ahead. But not all are guaranteed to take them. In New York City, the fire department is set to be among the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine that recently passed clinical trials and is now awaiting F.D.A. approval.
But the department announced last week that it would not require firefighters to take the vaccine, and a survey released over the weekend conducted for the firefighters’ union found that more than half of the union’s members didn’t plan to take the vaccine when it became available to them.
This dovetails with the results of an Axios-Ipsos poll released late last month, showing that only about half of Americans were willing to take the first-generation vaccine immediately upon arrival, while the number jumped to 64 percent for a vaccine that had been around for a few months — and to 70 percent for a vaccine that had “been proven safe by public health officials.”