Exclusive: A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine – Reuters/Ipsos poll

Joseph Ax and Julie Steenhuysen – Reuters May 21, 2020

A quarter of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found, with some voicing concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are being developed could compromise safety.

While health experts say a vaccine to prevent infection is needed to return life to normal, the survey points to a potential trust issue for the Trump administration already under fire for its often contradictory safety guidance during the pandemic.

Some 36% of respondents said they would be less willing to take a vaccine if U.S. President Donald Trump said it was safe, compared with only 14% who would be more interested.

Most respondents in the survey of 4,428 U.S. adults taken between May 13 and May 19 said they would be heavily influenced by guidance from the Food and Drug Administration or results of large-scale scientific studies showing that the vaccine was safe.

Less than two-thirds of respondents said they were “very” or “somewhat” interested in a vaccine, a figure some health experts expected would be higher given the heightened awareness of COVID-19 and the more than 92,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States alone.

“It’s a little lower than I thought it would be with all the attention to COVID-19,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “I would have expected somewhere around 75 percent.”

Fourteen percent of respondents said they were not at all interested in taking a vaccine, and 10% said they were not very interested. Another 11% were unsure.

Studies are underway, but experts estimate that at least 70% of Americans would need to be immune through a vaccine or prior infection to achieve what is known as “herd immunity,” when enough people are resistant to an infectious disease to prevent its spread.

Trump has vowed to have a vaccine ready by year’s end, although they typically take 10 years or longer to develop and test for safety and effectiveness. Many experts believe a fully tested, government-approved vaccine will not be widely available until mid-2021 at the earliest.

There are more than 100 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development globally, including some already in human clinical trials. Earlier this week, U.S. biotech Moderna Inc <MRNA.O> announced potentially promising preliminary results from just eight individuals who took part in a safety study.

Among those respondents who expressed little or no interest in a coronavirus vaccine, nearly half said they were worried about the speed with which they are being developed. More than 40% said they believe the vaccine is riskier than the disease itself.


Overall, 84% of respondents said vaccines for diseases such as measles are safe for both adults and children, suggesting that people hesitant to take a coronavirus vaccine might reconsider, depending on safety assurances they receive.

For example, among those who said they were “not very” interested in taking the vaccine, 29% said they would be more interested if the FDA approved it.

Some experts have said the White House’s emphasis on speed – its vaccine effort is called “Operation Warp Speed” – could leave people worried that safety was being sacrificed for swiftness.

In addition, misinformation about vaccines has grown more prevalent on social media during the pandemic, according to academic researchers.

“It’s not surprising a significant percentage of Americans are not going to take the vaccine because of the terrible messaging we’ve had, the absence of a communication plan around the vaccine and this very aggressive anti-vaccine movement,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is developing a vaccine.

The poll underscores how the country’s deepening polarization has affected people’s view of the pandemic.

Nearly one in five Republicans say they have no interest in a vaccine, more than twice the proportion of Democrats who said the same.

Trump, a Republican, has offered mixed messages during the outbreak. He has at times downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic and encouraged public protests against his government’s own stay-at-home guidelines intended to slow the pathogen’s spread.

He has also urged Americans to try unproven treatments for COVID-19, such as the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which he said on Monday he has taken for weeks despite warnings about its use from the FDA and other health experts.

The poll responses varied among certain demographic groups. Only half of black Americans, who represent a disproportionate percentage of coronavirus deaths, said they were somewhat or very interested in a vaccine, perhaps reflecting memories of an infamous U.S. government study that left black men deliberately untreated for syphilis.

College-educated white women – a politically important demographic that has moved sharply away from the Republican Party during the Trump era – were particularly concerned about how quickly the vaccine is being developed. More than 40% said Trump’s reassurance would make them less willing to take it.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States and had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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5 responses to “Exclusive: A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine – Reuters/Ipsos poll”

  1. In other words, 75% of Americans are imbeciles.

  2. reuters international news was bought out by rothschild a while back
    all news TV radio and news papers is controlled manipulated and ” spun” to say something esle

  3. What they need are vaccines against the bullshit virus and BOVIN-HS (Bovine Hemorrhagic Stupiditas). It starts with turning off your TV.

    This article is from Reuters and is therefore a steamy pile of horseshit not worth reading except to see how low these cretins will stoop. Reuters & Associated Press are Rothschild garbage distribution centers. They are among the top 10 targets in the war on bullshit. These are the kind of poisonous “supply lines” that need to be cut off completely.

    “Founded as the Reuters news agency in Great Britain in 1851, it became one of the leading newswire services in the world. Its headquarters are in Toronto.”

    “Reuters News Agency is an international organization owned and managed by Thomas Reuters. The agency was an independent company, Reuters Group until Thomas Corporation bought it in 2008. Reuters was established by Paul Julius Reuter in 1851 and has its headquarters in Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom.”

    So… Is it Toronto or London? Does it make a difference?
    The High Priests of BS

    Media Ass Sniffers

    The Devil in Disguise

    Most Effective Devil

    MEDIA Distancing Practice

  4. Do I even need to point out how biased the article is in favor of vaccines? My favorite line is one of the Big Pharma henchmen stating that people are resistant to taking the vaccine because of ‘terrible messaging’. WOW. Not because vaccines were deemed by a congressional committee to be unavoidably unsafe. Not because they killed and maimed thousands and thousands of people, not to mention given the general populace genetic material which is carcinogenic. And not because there exists in the US a vaccine court which is the pharmaceutical companies’ get out of jail free card and have the taxpayers fund any liability — so that of course there is ZERO incentive for them to make a safe product. Oh and not to mention all of the third world women and children Bill Gates has sterilized and given polio to without their knowledge or consent. I’m preaching to the choir on this website. WAKE the F UP PEOPLE!!

  5. We’ve learned to not trust the MSM / Dead Stream Media / Back Flow Media* (BFM), why trust their stupid self supporting polls?
    Ask folks at random and there is NO WAY it would only be 25%!
    *Disinformation sent out against the flow of truth.