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Majority Of Republicans May Now Be Vaccinated, Poll Suggests

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 29, 2021

Topline

The majority of Republican respondents to a Gallup poll released Wednesday say they’ve received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the first time to a Covid vaccine last month and as the spread of the delta coronavirus variant shows no signs of slowing down.

Key Facts

Some 56% of Republicans to the poll said they’ve been inoculated against the virus, up six percentage points from a Gallup poll last month.

Vaccination among Democrats stood at around 9 in 10 (92%) and nearly 7 in 10 (68%) among independents, according to the poll, which was conducted from September 13 to September 19

Overall, 8 in 10 Americans are either vaccinated or planning to be — the highest ratio this year – an improvement Gallup linked to the FDA’s decision to fully approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use with people 16 years and older last month.

By occupation, 8 in 10 white-collar workers say they have been vaccinated against Covid compared to 6 in 10 blue-collar workers, the poll found.

Contra

Two in 10 Americans say they do not plan to get a Covid vaccine, the poll found. Reasons for vaccine hesitancy or refusal include concerns over vaccine safety and the accelerated timeline for vaccine development, the antibodies they have developed after contracting Covid, and a wait-and-see approach to see the effectiveness of the vaccines, according to Gallup analysis.

Key Background

The Biden administration is pushing forward with its Covid vaccination drive, with President Biden receiving his booster shot in front of cameras on Monday. The seven-day moving average for daily cases in the U.S. was 110,232 as of Tuesday, with 1,487 deaths, according to the CDC Covid data tracker.

Tangent

With the holidays approaching, half of vaccinated respondents to a Harris poll said that they are “extremely” or “considerably” hesitant to spend time with unvaccinated family and friends. Also nearly 8 in 10 (77%) of them blame unvaccinated Americans for the high number of Covid cases, according to polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Further Reading

Unvaccinated Americans Blame Everyone But Themselves—Children, Vaccines And Not Wearing Masks—For Covid Surge, Poll Finds (Forbes)

Half Of Vaccinated Americans Might Not Spend The Holidays With Unvaccinated Family And Friends, Poll Finds (Forbes)

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