One in three Americans will opt out of getting a coronavirus vaccine.
60% of respondents say they will get vaccinated if one becomes available, but 35% say they won't, despite a worldwide COVID-19 death toll topping 760,000. The remaining 5% of respondents say they are unsure.
Democrats were more likely to get vaccinated with 71% saying yes, compared with just 48% of Republicans, and 61% of independents said they would get vaccinated.
The results reflect the power of the anti-vaccine movement, despite claims that it spreads misinformation and places followers at higher risk.
Anti-vaccine groups continue to urge parents to avoid vaccinating their children and promote their views on social media platforms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that thousands died every year from diseases before a vaccine was developed and became widely used, effectively lowering rates of the diseases to the point where most of them are nearly gone from the U.S.
"Most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person. If one person in a community gets an infectious disease, he can spread it to others who are not immune," the CDC said. "But a person who is immune to a disease because she has been vaccinated can’t get that disease and can’t spread it to others. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread."
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