Half of US Covid vax hesitant unlikely to change their mind: Survey


Half of those in the US who are unwilling to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 report that nothing will change their mind, says a new survey.

The survey found that 21.4 percent of participants from across the US were unwilling to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, with 19.7 percent in Dallas, 11.5 percent in Los Angeles, 11.2 percent in Chicago, and 10.1 percent in New York.

Of those unwilling to be vaccinated, half stated that nothing would convince them to receive the vaccine and the majority reported that their unwillingness was caused by concerns about vaccine safety, said researchers, including Ayman El-Mohandes from the City University of New York.

For the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team surveyed 6,037 adults in April 2021 to identify their attitudes towards vaccination against SARS-CoV-2.

One-third of the participants came from across the US and two-thirds were from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, or Chicago.

Unwillingness to be vaccinated tended to be higher among those who worked outside of the home, held conservative political views, had a lower household income and had not previously tested positive for Covid-19.

Although over 82 percent of participants agreed that Covid-19 is a dangerous health threat, over 18 percent did not believe that the dangers of Covid-19 exceeded those of the vaccine and over 15 percent did not believe that Covid-19 can be prevented by vaccination.

Over 50 percent of participants were in favor of the government requiring vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 and over 68 percent supported vaccination requirements for international travel.