A new poll on the COVID-19 vaccine reveals that 52% of U.S. adults are hesitant about getting the shot.
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70% of Democrats plan to get the vaccine while only 24% of Republicans express the same intention. (Trending: Trump Makes The Biggest Promise Of His Political Career)
COVID VACCINE POLL FINDS MORE THAN HALF OF ADULTS ARE LIKELY TO SAY 'NO THANKS' TO THE VAX
Among U.S. adults, 52% say they will "definitely" not get the new COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor poll. pic.twitter.com/Tqelgt1MtQ
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Concerning vaccinating children, over half of parents express reluctance, stating they “probably” or “definitely” will not administer the new vaccine to their children.
“The poll shows that most of the nation still trusts the CDC and the FDA on vaccines — but there is a partisan gap, and most Republicans don’t trust the nation’s regulatory and scientific agencies responsible for vaccine approval and guidance,” KFF’s president and CEO, Drew Altman said.
Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center said the “vaccine doesn’t prevent spread.”
“The problem is that too many decisions about the new COVID vaccine are driven by politics and fear rather than by an understanding of either viruses or vaccines,” he said.
“The reason the CDC is recommending [the new COVID vaccine] for [those who are] six months and up is because the CDC’s statistics have shown that during the pandemic, half of the children hospitalized had no preexisting conditions,” said Siegel. (Trending: Woman Raised in USSR Says Biden’s DOJ Acts Like KGB)
#ICYMI: Nearly half of adults say that they will “definitely” or “probably” get the newly recommended COVID-19 vaccine, though most parents are not planning to get the shot for their children, according to the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor poll. https://t.co/u1INw3bC6o pic.twitter.com/rStHNZLNpy
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“But as Dr. Paul Offit [at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania] has pointed out to me, many of those kids were unvaccinated, and also, much of this data is from earlier in the pandemic,” he added.
“The virus itself is more concerning than the potential for vaccine side effects,” he continued.
“There is substantial evidence now that being vaccinated and boosted cuts down your risk of long COVID, including myocarditis from the virus,” he said.
“Pregnant women should discuss with their obstetrician and decide on a case-by-case basis,” Siegel said.
Those who have had COVID recently or who have had a bad reaction to previous vaccines “should probably not take it,” Siegel concluded.