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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.
The survey results also showed that:
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.