(HealthDay News) — Eight in 10 American adults who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine say they are unlikely to get one, according to the results of a new survey from the Associated Press.
Among those who have not been vaccinated, 35% said they are unlikely to get vaccinated and 45% say they definitely will not, while only 3% said they will definitely get the shots and 16% said they probably will, according to the poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Even though vaccines have been shown to provide strong protection against the new coronavirus, the poll also revealed that 64% of unvaccinated adults have little to no confidence the shots are effective against coronavirus variants, including the delta variant that accounts for 83% of new cases in the United States, the AP reported. Among those already vaccinated, 86% have at least some confidence that the vaccines will protect them.
The poll also revealed that 43% of Republicans said they have not had a shot and definitely or probably will not get one compared with just 10% of Democrats, the AP reported.
There are also significant age- and education-related differences. While 37% of adults younger than 45 years said they have not been and likely will not get vaccinated, only 16% of older respondents said the same thing. Nearly one-third (30%) of those without a college degree said they have not had and are not likely to get a shot compared with 18% of those with a college degree.