Why do Americans continue to be skeptical about the Covid-19 vaccine? According to a poll, rural dwellers are the ones who are most hesitant to get vaccinations.

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About a third or 35% of Americans living in rural areas say they probably or definitely would not get a Covid-19 shot, compared to about a quarter of suburban (27%) and urban residents (26%)

An estimated 6,688,231 people in the US have been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data collated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) till January 8, 2021. A new analysis, however, finds that residents of rural America stand out as one of the groups most hesitant to get a coronavirus vaccine and that their views about the pandemic could pose significant challenges for the nation’s mass vaccination effort.

About a third or 35% of Americans living in rural areas say they probably or definitely would not get a Covid-19 shot that had been deemed safe and effective and was available for free, compared to about a quarter of suburban (27%) and urban residents (26%) who say the same, reveals a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Overall, 27% told researchers they will “probably not get it (12%),” or “definitely not get it (15%).”

“Rural residents are among the most vaccine hesitant groups, along with Republicans, individuals 30-49 years old, and Black adults. Three in 10 (31%) people in rural areas say they will “definitely get” the vaccine, compared to four in 10 people in urban areas (42%) and suburban areas (43%). An additional one-third of people in rural areas say they will “probably get it” while 35% say they will either “probably not get it” (15%) or “definitely not get it” (20%),” suggest results published on January 7.

The KFF Covid-19 vaccine monitor is an ongoing project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with coronavirus vaccinations. It was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,676 adults ages 18 and older living in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Many factors are associated with a person’s willingness to get vaccinated, including their age, level of education, and, notably, political party identification. Republicans, for example, are much less likely to say they will get a coronavirus vaccine compared to Democrats and independents. But even after controlling for these factors, people in rural areas are more likely to be vaccine-hesitant than suburban and urban residents. This, in part, may reflect rural residents’ views of the pandemic, note researchers.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two vaccines for emergency use, one from Pfizer and the second from Moderna. The total number of doses distributed nationwide as of January 7 is 22,137,350.

The poll, meanwhile, shows that rural residents are just as likely as others to say they know someone who has tested. Brinkwire Brief News.

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