Demand for COVID-19 vaccine drops as eligibility expands to Americans 16-years-old and over
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Monday, April 19 is the day President Joe Biden said every American adult would be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
States like Rhode Island and Massachusetts are delivering on his promise, and millions of people have already been vaccinated.
But medical experts say the next hurdle is getting everyone else to do the same.
As of Sunday, the CDC says half of U.S. adults have had at least one dose.
But demand is dropping in a number of states.
A recent poll from Monmouth University shows about 1 in 5 adults say they’re not willing to get vaccinated.
The divide is mostly along party lines with 43 percent of Republicans wanting to avoid the vaccine. With 22 percent of Independents, and only 5 percent of Democrats sharing that same skepticism about the vaccine.
The reasons vary.
Ranging from a push to maintain personal freedoms to distrust because of past mistreatment of minorities by health professionals.
Other reasons include difficulties getting an appointment, not liking needles, or a lack of long-term safety data.
“These vaccines are exceedingly safe,” Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean, Brown University School of Public Health said to CNN. “They’re, I believe, safer than most therapies and vaccines that we have developed in the past.”
President Biden plans to deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations on Wednesday.