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April 13, 2023
A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests vaccine hesitancy, even amid a surge in the Delta variant, remains strong.
According to the report, “More than half say getting vaccinated is a bigger risk to their health than getting infected with coronavirus, and a quarter says the vaccines are effective at keeping vaccinated people from dying from COVID-19 or getting seriously ill.” Regarding new variants and the recent surge in cases, “Three-fourths of unvaccinated adults, including nine in ten of those who say they will ‘definitely not’ get the vaccine, say they are ‘not worried’ about getting seriously sick from the virus, less than half say they are worried about the Delta variant worsening the pandemic.”
These results support previous polls which found that the Delta variant did not convince the unvaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said a sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns.
“Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” The average number of new coronavirus cases reported nationwide has nearly doubled in the past 10 days, according to a Reuters analysis.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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