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The Biden administration has implored Americans in recent weeks to get yet another COVID-19 booster. A new poll has revealed that the majority of Americans have no interest in complying. This is especially true of Republicans.
Moderna, whose profits in recent years have been driven by COVID-19 vaccine sales, claimed in August that an early study showed its latest vaccine to be effective against the so-called "Eris" and "Fornax" subvariants. Pfizer similarly alleged that the shot it developed with BioNTech has demonstrated neutralizing activity against the Eris subvariant, at least in mice, reported Reuters.
On Sept. 12, eight days after the double-vaccinated and twice-boosted first lady Jill Biden came down with COVID-19 yet again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone 6 months and older take the updated COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC further claimed that the "benefits of COVID-19 vaccination continue to outweigh any potential risks" and that "serious reactions after COVID-19 vaccination are rare."
Eighty-year-old President Joe Biden, who last caught COVID-19 in July 2022, got an updated booster on Sept. 22 and encouraged all Americans to do likewise.
The latest Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor poll revealed last week that 52% of U.S. adults don't feel much like following the president's lead.
According to the poll, 33% of respondents said they would "definitely not get" the vaccine and another 19% indicated they would "probably not get" the vaccine.
Conversely, 23% of adults indicated they "definitely" plan to get the vaccine and another 23% suggested they will "probably" get it.
And 94% of respondents who never received a vaccine indicated they'd likely hold fast. Only 1% indicated with any certainty they'd cave now, years after America achieved herd immunity.
When it comes to children, it appears most parents won't roll the dice.
According to the KFF, "Most parents say they will not get their child the new COVID-19 vaccine including six in ten parents of teenagers (those between the ages of 12 and 17), and two-thirds of parents of children ages 5 to 11 (64%) and ages 6 months to 4 years old (66%)."
Over half of parents of children aged five and younger gladly admitted to neither giving their child the COVID-19 vaccine nor intending to do so in the future.
A key predictor of vaccine uptake appears to be political affiliation.
Whereas 69% of Democrats indicated they would probably or definitely get the latest shot, the same was true of only 25% of Republican respondents. On the flip side, 29% of Democrats expressed resistance, whereas 76% of Republicans indicated they would not get the booster.
It appears that Democrats continue to let COVID-19 concerns dictate their lives; 58% of Democratic respondents indicated they changed their behavior to "be more COVID-conscious." Only 19% of Republicans did likewise.
There may be a link between uptake and confidence in vaccine safety and medical authorities. After all, 84% of Democrats believe the vaccines are safe. Only 36% of Republicans think likewise.
And 88% of Democratic respondents indicated they trust the CDC, and 86% said they trust the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For Republicans, the corresponding trust levels were 40% and 42%, respectively.
As has been true throughout the pandemic, a much smaller share of Republicans (24%) than Democrats (70%) expect to get the new COVID-19 vaccine \u2013 a 46 percentage point gap, according to our latest COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor poll. https://t.co/u1INw3bC6o— KFF (@KFF) 1696169707
According to the CDC's COVID-19 tracker, only 1.8% of emergency department visits between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 were diagnosed as having the virus.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.