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Poll: More than 1/3 of Americans would not get the COVID-19 vaccine

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It has been touted as the "silver bullet" of the pandemic and a promise to return to some normalcy. 

"We are excited for a vaccine. We're excited for therapeutics. And they're being developed at a record pace. I talk to Tony Fauci almost daily, and he still expects a vaccine by the end of this year or the beginning of the next," U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said on Monday.  

But creating the vaccine for COVID-19, is just the beginning. Only 65% Americans say they would get it, even if it was FDA approved and free of charge according to a new Gallup poll

Infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Lampe says this could make it difficult for the vaccine to do its job. 

"Vaccines are more effective when everybody takes them or a majority of people take them because that helps with herd immunity," Dr. Lampe explained. 

According to the poll, younger and older folks are more willing to get the vaccine as opposed to people between the ages of 30 and 64. White Americans are also more likely than non-white Americans, by about 7%.

Perhaps the largest disparity comes down to politics. 81% of Democrats say they would get a vaccine today versus 47% of Republicans.

"This is the first time the world or the United States has had a pandemic with social media," Dr. Lampe said.

Although the reluctance to get a vaccine is not new. A 1954 Gallup poll revealed that only 60% Americans were willing to adopt the groundbreaking polio vaccine. 

"As a child growing up then, I know that my parents had me lined up to get those polio shots but I suspect they had some of the same concerns," Dr. Lampe said. 

When asked if he himself would be vaccinated, Dr. Lampe said he would be first in line, once it is determined to be safe and effective.

"I don't want to have to wear this mask next year and that's one of the ways I think we can avoid it, I believe," he said. 

Until then he says he will be wearing a mask and taking precautions, as recommended by the experts.

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