Public confidence in the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines has grown – but trust in the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has waned. new poll shows.
Despite the reduction in vaccination rates, 78 percent of Americans said they believe it is “certainly or probably true” that the shots are effective in preventing the coronavirus – up from 74 percent in April, released this week According to the Annenberg Science Knowledge Survey.
In addition, 76 percent of the public believe it is “certainly or probably true” that getting the vaccine is safer than getting sick from COVID.
The number of people who said “definitely true” increased from 49 percent in April to 54 percent.
But while confidence in actual jobs has improved, trust in Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has led the pandemic response, has declined — though it remains high.
Sixty-eight percent of Americans said they are “convinced” in the advice given by Fauci – down from 71 percent who said so in April, but equal to 68 percent of respondents in August 2020.
Instead, Americans place the most confidence in their primary health care provider — at 83 percent, according to the survey.
Meanwhile, trust in the US agencies in charge of vaccines has grown.
Seventy-six percent of Americans said they believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing “reliable information” about the coronavirus — up from 75 percent in April and a little over 72 percent last August.
The Food and Drug Administration, which approved the emergency use of vaccines, also got high marks from Americans, with 77 percent confidence that it is supplying “trustworthy information” about treating and preventing COVID-19.
In April, 75 percent said they trusted the FDA and 71 percent said they did in August 2020.
When asked about the origin of the deadly virus, 35 per cent said they believed the Chinese government developed the coronavirus as a biological weapon, while 42 per cent disagreed and 23 per cent were unsure.
That’s a slight increase from the 31 percent who thought it was intended as a bioweapon in April.
When asked about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, 30 percent said the virus was intentionally leaked from the lab, 33 percent said it “accidentally escaped through negligence or incompetence” and 13 percent said it didn’t originate there. happened.
Thirty-four percent said they didn’t know.
As far as vaccines are concerned, 70 per cent of the respondents said they have been vaccinated, up from 47 per cent in April, and 30 per cent said they have not been vaccinated.
Of those who said they were unlikely to be vaccinated, 61 percent said the vaccine needed more testing, 44 percent said they feared side effects, 43 percent cited distrust in the government, 36 percent said they feared side effects. Said they didn’t trust vaccine makers, and 32 percent said they were “simply not concerned” with COVID.
The survey surveyed 1,719 adults between June 2 and June 22. It has a plus/minus 3.2 percentage-point margin of error.