COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

A recent Marist Poll revealed that 1 in 4 Americans say they will choose not to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Meanwhile, experts say vaccinations will be a crucial tool to bring an end to the pandemic.

So, what’s holding back a quarter of Americans?

For most, the vaccine’s newness and uncertainty about its lasting effects play a primary role. Polls also reveal widespread confusion about the vaccine, in general, as a notable portion of Americans could not easily identify falsehoods about the vaccines. In fact, many said new information would not even change their minds.

With close to half the nation already in the vaccination process, Americans who are hesitant about the vaccine may face new challenges if some proposed vaccine mandates go into effect. Yet, even among those who are vaccinated, some appear reluctant to support new requirements.