Only 41% of U.S. residents think mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 is acceptable; nearly 45% disagree with mandatory vaccination. The survey results are published in the scientific journal JAMA Network Open.
“Plans for mandatory vaccination against a new type of coronavirus have recently attracted more attention because of concerns that voluntary vaccinations will not be enough to stop the spread of Covid-19. A survey we conducted showed that 40.9% of Americans agree with this idea, while 44.9% believe it is unacceptable,” the scientists wrote.
To fully manage the pandemic, about 70-80% of potential Covid-19 carriers would need to be invulnerable to the virus, the article states. However, in many countries of the world, including the USA, Russia and the majority of European states, far fewer people are willing to be vaccinated voluntarily. Because of this, scientists and officials have thought about making vaccination mandatory, the text points out.
Medical statisticians led by Emily Largent, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, surveyed a total of about 2,700 Americans, who come from a wide range of economic and social backgrounds and live in both large cities and rural areas. Largent and her colleagues asked respondents to answer three questions – whether they were willing to voluntarily receive the Covid-19 vaccine and whether they agreed with mandatory vaccination of children and all U.S. adults.
More than 60 percent of people in the United States were willing to be vaccinated voluntarily. However, compulsory vaccination did not have support among them. Specifically, only 49% of respondents agreed to mandatory vaccinations for children, while about 41% approved of mandatory vaccinations for all adults.
Interestingly, about 47% of those surveyed would agree to mandatory vaccinations if their employers, not the government, administered them. Researchers speculate that this is due to the distrust of government that Republican respondents traditionally show. Twenty-three percent of them agreed to mandatory government vaccinations, and 31% agreed to mandatory “private” vaccinations. Meanwhile, among Democrats, more than 60% agreed to both vaccination options.
Thus, if vaccination in the U.S. were to be mandatory, there would be even more controversy between supporters of both parties. Therefore, scientists suggest promoting such measures through employers or introducing them only if voluntary vaccination really does not stop the epidemic.
As media reported, U.S. authorities plan to provide 40 million doses of the drug this month and 50-80 million doses in January 2021 to those in need.