The number of Americans who say they want to be vaccinated against Covid-19 has risen from three months ago, especially among African Americans, according to a study by the independent Pew Research Center.
Overall, 69% of the adult population has already received or plans to receive one of the vaccines, up from 60% in a similar study in November, according to a Pew Research Center study released today.
Of that 69%, about 19% say they have already received at least one of the two doses of vaccine. When the study was conducted in mid-February, the US-licensed emergency vaccines were those of Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, which are two-dose.
Half of African Americans see the disease as a significant threat to their health, compared to a quarter of whites.
Specifically, the number of African Americans who responded that they received or want to receive one of the approved vaccines increased dramatically, from 42% in November to 61% today.
This increase is considered significant because African Americans are statistically more infected with Covid-19 disease.
According to the study, 67% of Americans know someone who was hospitalized or died of being infected with the new coronavirus, a rate that stands at 78% among African Americans.
One in two Republicans does not want to be vaccinated
The study also notes a growing gap in confidence in Covid-19 vaccines between political trends: 83% of Democrats say they have been vaccinated or want to be vaccinated, compared to 56% of Republicans.
Among the approximately 30% of Americans who say they do not think about getting the vaccine, the most common reasons given are concerns about side effects and the thought that these vaccines have developed too quickly.
While vaccines against Covid-19 have been developed and marketed in record time, mobilization of resources and funds has played a major role in this, and vaccines, which have been tested in clinical trials with strict criteria and standards, are based on technologies designed for years by scientists.
The Pew Research Center's sample of more than 10.000 adults was made before Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine was licensed for emergency use in the United States a few days later.
About 82,5 million vaccines against Covid-19 have been given in the United States, according to official figures.
It's "the highest number of vaccinations in the world," said Andy Slavit, the White House's pandemic chief adviser, in a press conference today.
"Almost 55% of the population aged 65 and over has taken at least one dose," he said.