The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be accepted, a new USA TODAY / Suffolk University poll finds, but there is also increasing pessimism about things coming back to normal in the United States.
Both results may indicate that President-Elect Joe Biden’s messages are being heard. He himself has taken the vaccine, and on camera – something President Donald Trump has not done – and has warned that the epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better.
Now 56% of those polled say they will receive the vaccine as soon as it was available to them, a jump of 10 percentage points since the USA Today election in December and 30 points since October.
“The more people who get the vaccination and they see that it’s safe… then more people are ready to get it,” said 50-year-old Shelty Belapurkar, a nurse-doctor from Nashua, New Hampshire, who Surveys were included. She herself has received the vaccine and is volunteering at a clinic each week to give to others.
“It’s all about education, and I don’t think we’ve educated our population enough about the dangers of coronavirus”, he said in an interview.
Most of the shifts have come from people who were reluctant to receive the vaccine until others had previously taken it. Those who made that scene 47% in October, 32% in December and now only 22%.
“I was a little hesitant when they first announced that the vaccine was available,” said Sandi Bethune, a retired training manager at AT&T in Oakland, California. “I was never going to get it, but I wanted to wait a while and let some other people live guinea pigs.” Now, she said, “I’m taking it as soon as I can take it.”
But those who declare they will not get the vaccine have now reduced to 18%, compared to 20% in October and December.
“There’s a lot of it that’s not good for our body,” said Brooke-Lynn Parker, 28, a cosmetologist from Watertown, New York, who said she would never get a shot. “To me, natural vaccination is a better method as far as COVID goes, like the flu.” As evidence, she notes that she has never vaccinated the flu but has caught the flu only twice.
Independent fact-checkers have reported that COVID-19 is far more deadly than the flu, and that relying on “herd immunity” without a vaccine would cause millions of Americans to die.
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About optimism when things get back to the United States is back to normal.
In December, things predicted by a 51% majority will return to normal by the end of this year. Now only 44% think it is down 7 points. The ratio, which says it will take several years, has risen 4 points to 31%.
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This article originally appeared on USA Today: Poll: COVID increases vaccine acceptance; So does pessimism