A NPR, PBS and Marist poll has found that almost half of President Trump supporters have no plans to take a coronavirus shot.
The survey found that 47% who identified as supporters of the former President say they will not choose to be vaccinated when the jab is made available to them.
Broadened out to Republicans on the whole, 41% said they wouldn’t take a vaccine, while only 11% of Democrats said they do on plan to get a shot.
Altogether, almost two-thirds of Americans say they have either already taken a vaccine, or plan to get one when they can.
The poll also provided some data on lockdowns, with around three-quarters of Republicans expressing the opinion that it is time for states to open up for the sake of the economy.
Biden vowed that a phone hotline and a website will be set up for booking vaccinations, declaring “No more searching day and night for an appointment for you and your loved ones.”
Biden threatened having to reinforce stricter restrictions if people do not get vaccinated, noting “scientists have made clear things can get worse again.”
“If we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track — please, we don’t want to do that again,” Biden added, also telling Americans “I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn… And to help your family, your friends, your neighbors get vaccinated as well.”
Biden added that people need to “listen to Dr. Fauci,” who this week admitted there is no science behind continued lockdowns.
Biden declared that Fauci has “has assured us, the vaccines are safe. They underwent rigorous scientific review. I know they are safe.”
Lawrence Gostin, a health law professor at Georgetown University, told reporters that Biden “has no power to compel states to make vaccines available to everyone,” adding “Under US federalism, states have primary public health powers. The federal government’s health powers are limited under the constitution.”