The U.S. on Track to 70 Percent Vaccination Rate against COVID-19 by Summer

The U.S. is now on track to its target of 70% vaccination rate against COVID-19 by this summer. A recent survey by the Kaiser Family foundation showed that there has been a 6% rise in the number of respondents who have been vaccinated since April.

The survey presented an increase from 56% to 62% of respondents receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. is on track to reaching President Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of the adult population by July 4. Furthermore, approximately one-third of individuals have said they are waiting to get a vaccine but have scheduled an appointment within the coming months.

4% of adults who have received one dose have said that they want the second shot as soon as possible. However, there is still a large percentage of individuals who are completely reluctant to receive the vaccine. 13% of respondents said that they will “definitely not” get a vaccine and 7% said they will get a vaccine only if it is required. The government could change people’s opinions by authorizing the COVID-19 vaccines through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Currently, the only vaccines that have been approved by the FDA for emergency use are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 32% of adults said they would be more likely to get vaccinated if the FDA granted full approval of the vaccines.

Another way in which the government could reach their target of 70% vaccination rate against COVID-19 could be through employer incentives. Employers would give paid time off to their workers to get the vaccine and recover from the side effects. 21% of full-time employees said that they would be more likely to get the vaccine if they received this incentive. Furthermore, the Biden administration has introduced government incentives. These include free taxi rides to vaccine centres and the chance to win raffles.

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