29% of Americans distrust vaccines

15 minutes. Most Americans are likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but “many remain concerned about the efficacy and safety” of the recently approved vaccines, according to a study released Thursday.

Research done by the University of South Florida (USF) shows that more than half of those surveyed (59%) said they would “definitely” or “probably get vaccinated” in the coming months, 38% of which are in the group of “definitely vaccinated”.

However, almost a quarter (23%) noted that “probably not” or “definitely will not be vaccinated”.

The study by this university, based in Tampa, West Florida, revealed that 29% of the Americans surveyed confessed that they “do not have much confidence” or “do not trust at all” that the recently approved vaccines are effective for prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Also, 33% of those surveyed think that they are “not very confident” or “not at all confident” that vaccines are safe.

On the possible side effects of the doses, 71% are “somewhat concerned”, while 32% indicated that they are “very concerned”.

The whites, the most distrustful

In terms of demographics, research shows that white and Hispanic populations are more likely to “probably” or “definitely” get vaccinated (60%) than African Americans (49%).

Among those 65 and older, 76% say they will “probably” or “definitely” apply the doses. For their part, 60% of young people between 18 and 24 will also “probably” or “definitely” get vaccinated.

In middle age, between 45 and 54 years, 48% said that they will “probably” or “definitely” be immunized.

America reached Wednesday night a cumulative 23,047,409 cases of COVID-19 and 384,277 deaths, at a time when the pandemic is nonstop, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

The country is the hardest hit in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. It averaged 3,300 deaths a day in the last week, after registering another record of deaths in one day on Tuesday, 4,327.

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