Since we seem only weeks away from vaccines being available for anyone who wants one, overcoming reluctance is the big problem:
As President Biden pushes to vaccinate as many Americans as possible, he faces deep skepticism among many Republicans, a group especially challenging for him to persuade.
While there are degrees of opposition to vaccination for the coronavirus among a number of groups, including African-Americans and antivaccine activists, polling suggests that opinions in this case are breaking substantially along partisan lines.
A third of Republicans said in a CBS News poll that they would not be vaccinated — compared with 10 percent of Democrats — and another 20 percent of Republicans said they were unsure. Other polls have found similar trends.
With the Biden administration readying television and internet advertising and other efforts to promote vaccination, the challenge for the White House is complicated by perceptions of former President Donald J. Trump’s stance on the issue. Although Mr. Trump was vaccinated before he left office and urged conservatives last month to get inoculated, many of his supporters appear reluctant to do so, and he has not played any prominent role in promoting vaccination.
One bit of good news in that poll is that reluctance seems to be diminishing among Black and Hispanic people:
A recent NPR survey found similar results with respects to white and Black Americans, although somewhat higher reluctance in Hispanic communities.
The article goes on to have an interesting discussion about how reluctance might be overcome. One thing that would help is if the most popular cable news conservative commentator wasn’t a nihilist TV dinner heir:
Again, worth noting that even the most slavish Trump-supporting governors aren't anti-vaxx. He's trying to get his viewers killed not to maintain his partisan cred but because he wants to https://t.co/I6IDLmi2S8— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) March 16, 2021