Only half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows

Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The survey, which was taken by The Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and released Wednesday, found that 49 percent of respondents would get vaccinated, 31 percent are not sure and 20 percent absolutely would not do so if a coronavirus vaccine was made available to the public. Seventy-nine percent of the respondents said that the presence of a vaccine is important in determining whether businesses and activities should resume in their communities; within that group, 65 percent said they would get immunized when a vaccine becomes available.

Scientists believe roughly 70 percent of the population would need vaccination to achieve herd immunity.