July 19, 2021 -- About half of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Americans aren’t concerned about the contagious Delta variant, according to a new poll.
Among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who responded to new a CBS/YouGov poll, 48% said they were “personally concerned” about the Delta variant, compared with 72% of fully vaccinated people who said they were concerned.
Public health officials have voiced warnings in recent weeks about the rapid spread of the Delta variant, especially in locations with low vaccination rates.
“I am worried about what is to come, because we are seeing increasing cases, among the unvaccinated in particular,” Vivek Murthy, MD, the U.S. surgeon general, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
“And while, if you are vaccinated, you are very well-protected against hospitalization and death, unfortunately, that is not true if you are not vaccinated,” he said.
The CBS/YouGov poll found that 53% of unvaccinated Americans said they wouldn’t get a shot due to potential side effects. About 50% said they don’t trust the U.S. government, and 45% said they don’t trust the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines.
What’s more, 74% of the unvaccinated group said they’d still reject a COVID-19 vaccine, even if their own doctor recommended it. The poll, which took place July 14-17, included more than 2,200 U.S. adults.
More than 186 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, and 161 million are fully vaccinated. A remaining 90 million eligible people have yet to receive a shot, according to Newsweek.
About 99.5% of current COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are occurring in unvaccinated patients, Murthy said Sunday.
“That’s why it is so important that we take every measure possible to make sure people have the information they need about the vaccine, to make sure they have access to the vaccine, and to help them get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he said. “It is our fastest, most effective way out of this pandemic.”