Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Coronavirus Update 4-21-2021: Most Americans that haven’t yet gotten the Covid vaccine don’t plan to … and that’s a huge problem

According to a recent Axios-Ipsos poll, vaccination efforts may have plateaued, and most people who've not yet been vaccinated don't plan to get vaccinated.

  • 44 percent report not yet receiving any dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • 66 percent of those unvaccinated say that they are either "not likely at all" or "not very likely" to get vaccinated.
  • Only 14 percent of those unvaccinated say they are likely to get the vaccine.
These numbers present a huge problem.

The Washington Post has done the math and calculates that based on the Axios-Ipsos numbers immunizations could top out around 70 percent of the adult population. That number may fall short of what's needed to reach herd immunity, especially as the virus is mutating into more virulent and potentially more dangerous variants. 

In other words, whatever you need to do to convince everyone you know to get vaccinated, do it. There is no way out of this pandemic and back to some semblance of normal without herd immunity. And at the current rate of vaccinations, it's looking like we're not going to get there.

* Image by Spencer Davis on Unsplash