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Gallup Poll: Many Americans Dissatisfied With COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

February 10, 2021
Jennifer Barrett

The survey results also showed an increasing willingness among Americans to receive the vaccine.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are not satisfied with the rollout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine in the United States, according to results of a new Gallup poll.

However, 71% of Americans now say they are willing to be vaccinated, which is up from 65% in late December and the highest percentage on record. This figure also includes 62% who said they would receive the vaccine if it was available to them right now at no cost and 9% who say they have already received at least 1 dose.

According to the survey, 21% of respondents reported being “very dissatisfied” with the vaccination process. Thirty-four percent are satisfied, with 4% who are “very satisfied,” the results showed. Those who identified as Republican were evenly split on whether they reported being satisfied with the process, whereas Democrats (79%) and independents (63%) are largely dissatisfied.

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The survey results also showed that:

  • The oldest and youngest adults are the age groups most likely to express willingness to be vaccinated, whereas middle-aged Americans remain the least willing.
  • Americans with an annual household income of $90,000 or more are the most likely to express willingness to be immunized among the 3 income groups.
  • Adults with a college degree are much more likely than those without to say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine or have already done so.
  • Americans living in the Northeast are the most willing to say they would like to receive the vaccine but are the least likely to have done so.

Twenty-five percent of Americans in the survey reported concerns about the speedy timeline of development of the vaccine as a reason for their reluctance. However, this percentage has dropped 12 points since the question was previously asked in the fall. Additionally, 22% want to wait to confirm the vaccine is safe before receiving it, 16% said they do not trust vaccines in general, and 9% want to see how effective it is. Another 28% cited other reasons, which include misperceptions about the risk of COVID-19, concerns about adverse reactions, and a general distrust of the government.

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Despite these concerns, the latest survey results demonstrate an increasing willingness among Americans to get vaccinated. As more doses become available, pharmacists can play a more critical role in allaying any residual concerns about the vaccines and encouraging individuals to receive them. 

Reference

  1. Brenan M. Two-Thirds of Americans Not Satisfied With Vaccine Rollout. Gallup; February 10, 2021. Accessed February 10, 2021. https://news.gallup.com/poll/329552/two-thirds-americans-not-satisfied-vaccine-rollout.aspx