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Trump and the primary woman, Melania Trump, in Valdosta, Ga., the place he held his first rally as a lame duck president on Saturday.
Vaccines are nearing approval. How prepared are Americans to be vaccinated?
More Americans are telling pollsters that they intend to get a coronavirus vaccine when it turns into obtainable, however the share saying so stays beneath what Dr. Anthony Fauci has mentioned might be mandatory.
A Pew Research Center poll revealed final week discovered that 60 p.c of Americans mentioned it was at the very least possible that they’d get the vaccine. That was up from the 51 p.c who mentioned so in September, although not as excessive as in May, when it was 72 p.c, earlier than the president started placing elevated strain on public well being officers to swiftly approve a vaccine.
Willingness to be vaccinated ran lowest amongst Black Americans and highest amongst Asian-Americans. Men had been significantly extra seemingly than ladies to say they’d get vaccinated, and Democrats had been extra seemingly than Republicans — solely half of whom mentioned they’d undoubtedly or in all probability get the vaccine.
Fauci, the nation’s high infectious illness skilled, has said that at the very least 70 p.c of Americans would wish to take the vaccine in order for the nation to attain herd immunity.
Essential employees are anticipated to be among the many first in line to obtain vaccinations as they grow to be obtainable in the weeks and months forward. But not all are assured to take them. In New York City, the fireplace division is ready to be among the many first to obtain the Pfizer vaccine that not too long ago handed scientific trials and is now awaiting F.D.A. approval.
But the division introduced final week that it will not require firefighters to take the vaccine, and a survey released over the weekend carried out for the firefighters’ union discovered that greater than half of the union’s members didn’t plan to take the vaccine when it grew to become obtainable to them.
This dovetails with the outcomes of an Axios-Ipsos poll launched late final month, displaying that solely about half of Americans had been prepared to take the first-generation vaccine instantly upon arrival, whereas the quantity jumped to 64 p.c for a vaccine that had been round for just a few months — and to 70 p.c for a vaccine that had “been proven safe by public health officials.”
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