by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
A recent New York Times article about getting America back to work indicates that vaccinating workers and reopening schools for in-person learning are two of the most important factors in moving the nation forward and workers back into the office.
President Joe Biden announced on March 2 that the U.S. is on track to have enough vaccine doses for every adult in America by May, but will workers take them?
The latest Pew Research Center report, released March 5, finds that a growing share of Americans say they plan to get the vaccine or already have. The study also found that 77% of Americans surveyed think vaccinations will benefit the U.S. economy. The new national survey by Pew Research Center was conducted Feb. 16 to 21 among 10,121 U.S. adults.
“Overall, 19% of adults say they have already received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Another 50% say they definitely or probably plan to get vaccinated. Taken together, 69% of the public intends to get a vaccine – or already has – up significantly from 60% who said they planned to get vaccinated in November.
The report continues: “…And, as 81% continue to view the coronavirus outbreak as a major threat to the economy, most Americans see a connection between efforts to vaccinate the public and the strength of the U.S. economy.
“About three-quarters say it would help the economy either a lot (51%) or a little (25%) if a large majority of Americans get a vaccine for COVID-19. Democrats and those who lean to the Democratic Party are more likely than Republicans and Republican leaners to say widespread vaccine uptake would help the economy a lot (66% vs. 37%); still, a majority of Republicans say this would help the economy at least a little (66%).”
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