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COVID vaccine poll finds more than half of adults are likely to say 'no thanks' to the vax

By ABDUL RASHID Published 5 months ago 4 min read
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According to the latest KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor poll, 52% of U.S. adults express their intention to "probably" or "definitely" not receive the new COVID-19 vaccine. In contrast, 23% of adults firmly plan to get vaccinated, while an additional 23% are inclined to do so.

The poll reveals that among those who have expressed a definite or probable intention to receive the vaccine, a majority are Democrats and/or individuals aged 65 and above.

In a recent COVID poll, it was found that Democrats exhibit a particularly negative outlook and are more likely to continue wearing masks. Specifically, 70% of Democrats plan to receive the new vaccine, whereas only 24% of Republicans share the same intention.The survey, which was conducted between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, polled 1,296 U.S. adults via online and telephone polls.

Based in San Francisco, KFF is a self-described "independent source for health policy research, polling and journalism."

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"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 in a press release.According to a recent poll, the majority of the nation continues to place their trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding vaccines. However, it is worth noting that a partisan divide exists, with a significant portion of Republicans expressing skepticism towards the regulatory and scientific agencies responsible for vaccine approval and guidance within the country. This statement was made by Drew Altman, the President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), in an official press release.

According to the poll, a partisan divide exists regarding COVID precautions. The results indicate that 58% of Democrats are inclined to take additional measures, such as wearing masks, refraining from travel, and avoiding public gatherings, in light of the increasing number of COVID cases. Conversely, only 16% of Republicans expressed a similar inclination.

In relation to the administration of the new vaccine to children, a significant majority of parents, exceeding fifty percent, express their inclination towards not doing so, despite the explicit recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children aged 6 months and above.

In the context of other diseases, such as measles, mumps, and rubella, a substantial proportion of adults, approximately sixty-eight percent, and parents, approximately fifty-five percent, demonstrate their support for mandatory vaccination of healthy children, as revealed by the KFF.

Nevertheless, a notable percentage of parents, forty-three percent, and adults, thirty-one percent, hold the belief that the decision regarding the vaccination of children should be left to the discretion of the parents.

The people surveyed said they are more likely to get the flu shot and the new RSV vaccine than they are to get the new COVID vaccine.

Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, said he believes the decision to get the new vaccine should be a personal one, given that the "vaccine doesn’t prevent spread" — but he also said the choice should be fact-driven. (He was not involved in the new survey.)

During an interview with Fox News Digital, the individual expressed concern regarding the prevailing issue of political and fear-driven decision-making surrounding the new COVID vaccine. They emphasized the importance of basing decisions on a comprehensive understanding of both viruses and vaccines.

Elaborating on the matter, the interviewee highlighted the rationale behind the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendation to administer the new COVID vaccine to individuals aged six months and above. This recommendation is based on the CDC's statistical analysis, which revealed that half of the children hospitalized during the pandemic did not have any preexisting conditions, underscoring the significance of protecting this vulnerable population.

According to Dr. Paul Offit from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, it has been brought to my attention that a significant number of these children were not vaccinated, and furthermore, a substantial portion of the data pertains to the earlier stages of the pandemic," he further elaborated.

Given this information, Siegel expressed his inclination to advocate for the administration of booster shots to children who are deemed to be at a heightened risk.

Dr. Siegel advises that the elderly, as well as adults with underlying conditions such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and immunodeficiencies, should consider receiving the vaccine. The doctor emphasizes that the virus itself poses a greater concern than any potential side effects of the vaccine. He further highlights that there is substantial evidence indicating that vaccination and booster shots significantly reduce the risk of long COVID, including myocarditis resulting from the virus. However, individuals who have recently had COVID or experienced adverse reactions to previous vaccines should likely refrain from taking the vaccine, according to Siegel's recommendation. In terms of other vaccines, he suggests that everyone should receive the flu shot, while elderly individuals should also consider getting the RSV shot.

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ABDUL RASHID

Hi my name is Abdul Rashid a novelist. Seeking opportunities to continue exploring the world of fiction and connecting with a wider audience through my writing. People who show my story them satisfaction is my satisfaction.

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