45% of Republicans say that they do not plan on getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Republicans are more skeptical of government; when the government comes out and says, we think you ought to take the vaccine, some people’s natural reaction is, ‘let me think about that,'” Representative Andy Harris said. “They hesitate a bit.”
Half of all American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re seeing real hesitancy in certain groups, mostly Republicans, who fear the concerns around the vaccine or maybe downplay the risks around the pandemic,” Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and an ABC contributor, said.
The Food and Drug Administration paused Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after six women developed blood clots after receiving the vaccine.
“People are going to realize, you know, these are one-in-a-million events. They’re very, very unusual. You’re more likely to get injured in a car accident on the way to the clinic than to have this problem occur. So I’m hoping that people get over that skepticism,” Dr. Brownstein said.
Former President Donald Trump, who received the vaccine in January, encouraged his supporters to get the vaccine during an interview on Fox News in March.
“I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,” he said. “It’s a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine.”