(WNCN) – New poll finds Americans who have chosen to skip the COVID-19 vaccine are unlikely to change their minds.
According to the poll published Tuesday by analysis and consulting firm Gallup, 78% say they are unlikely to reconsider their vaccination plans, including 51% who say they are “not at all likely” to change ‘notice and get vaccinated.
This leaves 1 in 5 adults reluctant to vaccinate open to reconsideration, with 2% saying they are very likely and 19% saying they are somewhat likely to change their mind and get vaccinated – which equates to 5% of all American adults.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of having 70% of adults in the United States with bullets in their arms by July 4.
States are also trying creative approaches to encourage people to get vaccinated, including offering lottery prizes of varying amounts, savings vouchers, free amusement park tickets, and hunting and fishing licenses. free.
In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said he had conversations with lawmakers on both sides over a potential vaccine lottery, something other states have tried to increase vaccination rates.
âWe certainly look at what other states have done and look at their numbers to see if it has worked. I’ve spoken to several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about the potential of doing this sort of thing here, âCooper said. “And, I think almost everyone is of the opinion that whatever works, whatever gets people vaccinated, we want to try because we know that’s the key to getting out of this pandemic, to straightening out our economy.”
Ohio offered its first million dollar prize after Governor Mike DeWine announced his state’s Vax-a-Million giveaway earlier this month. Following the announcement, The Associated Press reported that the state’s vaccination rate increased by about 33%, although vaccinations are still down from the start of this year.
In North Carolina, state officials this week launched a pilot program in four counties to give people who show up for their first dose of the vaccine a $ 25 cash card. A person who drives them to a vaccination site is also entitled to a payment card.
Gallup data suggests that the vaccination cap could be around 80% of American adults.
Reasons for not getting the vaccine vary among Americans. According to Gallup, some say they want to make sure the vaccine is safe (23%), while others think they wouldn’t get seriously ill if they caught the virus (20%).
Some expressed concerns about the timing of vaccine development (16%) or distrust of vaccines in general (16%).
Of the respondents, 10% said they were already immune because they had had COVID-19, while 10% cite allergies or concerns about allergies as the reason they don’t plan to get the vaccine. .
Nationally, more than 51% of eligible people received at least one injection, while more than 42% were fully immunized.
People are seen fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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