One-Third of Americans Say They Have Not Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine


About one-third of Americans said they have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, according to a new poll from the Economist/YouGov survey that was released this week.

The poll asked (pdf) respondents to indicate whether they received a vaccine for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19, and approximately 31 percent said they had not.

Of that figure, about 61 percent said they don’t ever plan on getting any of the COVID-19 shots. Another 20 percent said they “might” obtain a vaccine in the future, the poll found.

Forty percent of independents, 36 percent of Republicans, and 14 percent of Democrats said they have not received a vaccine dose, the survey found. Eight percent of people who voted for President Joe Biden in 2020 haven’t received a dose and 43 percent who voted for former President Donald Trump hadn’t either.

The survey, which was carried out between Jan. 15 and Jan. 18 of this year, polled some 1,500 U.S. citizens and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

It comes after the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 wrote in a 6–3 majority opinion that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) likely doesn’t have the authority to issue a vaccine-or-test mandate, which was slated to apply to businesses with 100 or more employees.

“The Act empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures. Confirming the point, the Act’s provisions typically speak to hazards that employees face at work. And no provision of the Act addresses public health more generally, which falls outside of OSHA’s sphere of expertise,” the Supreme Court’s majority opinion said.

Some companies have opted to keep the vaccine mandate despite the Supreme Court ruling. But some, like Starbucks, dropped the requirements.

And late last week, President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for all federal workers was blocked by a federal judge, who argued the federal government doesn’t have the authority to impose the rule. Unlike the OSHA rule, federal workers do not have the ability to opt-out of the vaccine mandate by submitting to weekly testing.

“So, is submitting to a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly when required as a condition of one’s employment, workplace conduct? The answer to this question became a lot clearer after the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this month,” U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, wrote in his opinion last week. The federal government appealed the ruling shortly after his ruling was handed down.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.



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