Coronavirus BRIEFING

More Americans Are Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Gallup Poll Says

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Americans' willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19 rebounded a bit in October, as seen in Gallup polling conducted before Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna made promising announcements about the likely effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccines. Fifty-eight percent of Americans in the latest poll say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, up from a low of 50 percent in September, according to a recent feature in Gallup.

These latest data come from a Gallup Panel survey conducted Oct. 19 to Nov. 1, as COVID-19 infections continued to increase across the U.S. A vaccine for the disease is seen as key to returning Americans' lives to normal and allowing the lifting of restrictions that would permit a full economic recovery for the country.

The 42 percent of U.S. adults saying they would not get a vaccine is down from 50 percent in September, but still indicative of significant challenges ahead for public health and government officials in achieving mass public compliance with vaccine recommendations.

Another significant increase in willingness to get a vaccine is seen in Americans aged 45 to 64, with 49 percent of this group now willing to do so, up from 36 percent in September. However, this age group remains the least likely to say they would get a vaccine.

Even before the announcements made by Pfizer and BioNTech on Nov. 9 and by Moderna on Nov. 16 about the development of highly effective vaccines for COVID-19, Americans were already more willing to get a vaccine than they were in September.

However, Americans overall are still less likely than they were earlier this year to say they'd get a COVID-19 vaccine. Four in 10 remain unwilling to get a vaccine, indicating public health officials face an uphill climb in convincing a good share of the public to do so.

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