The American public's willingness to get a Covid vaccine is reaching saturation point in adults and many parents have no plans to vaccinate their children, according to a new national survey.
According to the survey published in the April issue of the Kaiser Family Foundation's Vaccine Monitor, only 9 percent of respondents said they hadn't received a shot but intended to do so.
Three in ten parents said they wanted to vaccinate their children as soon as possible. A vaccine for children is not yet available in the United States. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is expected to soon be approved for people aged 12 to 15 years.
The survey found that public confidence in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has fallen since health officials stopped using it for 10 days to investigate possible links to a rare, dangerous blood clotting problem.
However, significant progress has also been made in persuading Republicans, some of the most reluctant to get vaccinated.
The results highlight the challenges ahead for the Biden government's efforts to persuade reluctant people to take the vaccine, even though a growing number of scientists and public health experts have concluded that the country is unlikely to have one Herd immunity achieved.
Overall, just over half of a nationally representative sample of 2,097 adults surveyed said they had received at least one dose of vaccine, which is in line with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The government on Tuesday announced steps to encourage more pop-up and mobile vaccination clinics, and to distribute shots to local pharmacies, as well as general practitioners and pediatricians.