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Most unvaccinated people in US maintain vaccine poses bigger risk than virus: poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A supporter of former US President Donald Trump on Jan. 5 holds an anti-vaccine sign at a protest at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

The majority of unvaccinated people in the US believe that vaccine poses a bigger risk to their health than coronavirus itself, a new poll revealed.

According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released on Wednesday, nearly 53 percent of unvaccinated people think getting the vaccine is a bigger risk to their health than the virus itself.

“Unvaccinated adults, especially those who say they will ‘definitely not’ get a vaccine, are much less worried about the coronavirus, the Delta variant, and have less confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines compared to those who are vaccinated,” the KFF Covid-19 Vaccine Monitor announced in a statement.

The poll comes amid efforts by US President Joe Biden’s administration to encourage the unvaccinated Americans to get their shots.

Biden even has signaled to adopt more aggressive policies towards the unvaccinated citizens, announcing that federal workers will have to either show proof of vaccination or go through regular Covid-19 testing.

The US is reintroducing some of the restrictions for Covid-19 as the deadlier and more transmissible Delta variant spreads across the states.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked those who live in areas with substantial or high levels of transmission to wear masks regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

US daily coronavirus infections have risen again after numbers fell in May and June.

More than 614,000 Americans have died so far from the novel coronavirus and over 58 percent of Americans above the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The number of children testing positive for Covid-19 also rose to nearly 72,000 in the US last week, compared to 39,000 cases among kids one week earlier.


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