Confidence in the coronavirus vaccines grew among U.S. adults late last year, with nearly half of Americans indicating in December that they would likely get vaccinated, according to a new CDC study.
According to the new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 39.4% of adult Americans surveyed in September said they were absolutely certain or very likely to get vaccinated. By December, however, the number of those who were absolutely certain increased to just over 49% as the drugs were granted emergency authorization by the federal government, the CDC found.
When people who said they were somewhat likely to get vaccinated were included, confidence grew to as high as 68%. Trust in the drugs grew the most among adults age 65 and older, who after health workers have been first in line to receive the shots.
Between September and December, fewer people said they didn’t intend to get a vaccine once it’s available; “vaccine nonintent” decreased from 38.1% to 32.1%, the study found.