Survey finds majority of unvaccinated Americans say FDA’s approval of vaccines doesn’t change their mind

Most of the United States’ unvaccinated population are not moved by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Pfizer’s vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus, a recent ABC News/Washington Post survey found.

The survey found that unvaccinated Americans are overwhelmingly unfazed by the FDA’s approval of Pfizer’s vaccine — a move Joe Biden hoped would prompt private businesses to “step up” vaccine requirements. While the survey found the majority of Americans have gotten vaccinated, data suggests the remaining unvaccinated population, roughly 90 million in the U.S., are firm in their decision to refuse the shot, wholly unmoved by the FDA’s approval by Pfizer.

Only 16 percent of the unvaccinated said the FDA’s approval shifts their position, making them more likely to get vaccinated. The vast majority, 82 percent, said the FDA’s approval “makes no difference.” Sixteen percent also said they would get the shot if it were required by their employer, but according to the survey, “many more say they’d quit” altogether.

Nine in 10 see vaccination as a personal choice rather than a broader responsibility. Across the board, the survey found a majority of Americans, 59 percent, are not worried about getting sick from the coronavirus. The survey, taken August 29- September 1, 2021, among 1,006 adults, has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

It coincides with an Economist/YouGov survey released in August, which found the vast majority of the unvaccinated will not be persuaded to get the vaccine, not by employer mandates, FDA approval, or pushes from politicians or healthcare professionals (The Scotfree).



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