A new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released Monday showed that 41% of voters surveyed said they would not be willing to receive the coronavirus vaccine, while 59% said they would get the vaccine.
A full 60% of Black voters said they would not be willing to receive the vaccine, which was significantly higher than the group as a whole. Respondents gave various reasons for their unwillingness to be vaccinated.
66% said they were concerned about side effects of the vaccine, 33% said they did not think it was effective, and 27% said they were not concerned about the virus.
Some of the 41% may be willing to get the vaccine at some point, since 23% said they think it should go to more at-risk individuals. 17% said they had health concerns about taking the vaccine.
About 15% of the U.S. popuation, or 75 million people, have been vaccinated since December when vaccines first became available, and around 1.7 million people per day are currently receiving one of the two vaccines available in the country.
A third vaccine from Johnson and Johnson was approved over the weekend for emergency use, and the company is immediately shipping around four million doses to states.
The J&J vaccine only requires one dose while others require two doses, which means that more people can be fully vaccinated in a short period of time.
J&J has promised to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine to the U.S. by June.
The number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. has been dropping since early January and is now at around 70,000 cases per day. It appears that despite vaccination rates increasing, the case average has stalled for the moment.
Some disease experts fear that more contagious variants could be spreading and could lead to a new uptick in cases.
The CDC on Monday warned states to be careful about lifting restrictions related to the coronavirus such as allowing restaurants to seat at full capacity and lifting mask mandates.
“At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard earned ground we have gained,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said, adding that she didn’t think it was the time to lift mandates.