As leaders around the nation continue to believe that widespread distribution of a number of COVID-19 vaccines will be the end-all, be-all for the pandemic as we know it, there is still one enormous hurdle to clear: Just how are we going to get enough people vaccinated for the gamble to pay off?
The issue is that there are a large number of very vocal American citizens who are quite adverse to receiving the vaccine. Some have complained that the jab is too new to have been thoroughly tested, while others, more conspiratorial types have suggested that the shot could contain a microchip that Bill Gates would like to have implanted into our bodies.
In either case, the issue is whether or not we can convince the right amount of America to be willingly immunized.
A new poll shows some promise in that regard.
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More Americans are warming up to COVID-19 vaccines, with 19% saying they’ve already received at least one dose and 49% expressing intent to do so when they get the chance, according to new poll results.
Altogether, 69% of U.S. adults surveyed by the Pew Research Center now intend to become vaccinated. That’s up from 60% in November and 52% in September.
Still, 15% of respondents said they “definitely” wouldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine and another 15% said they would “probably” pass up the shots.
Epidemiologists estimate that up to 85% of the country will need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus. At that point, the virus will have difficulty finding new hosts to infect, and the outbreak will come to an end.
For those who remain obstinate regarding the inoculation, there is hope that a new at-home, pill-based treatment could be the key to fending off the virus.
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