New CBS Poll Shows 6 In 10 Americans Plan To Get COVID Vaccine Or Already Have

CBS4's Natalie Brand explains why vaccine hesitancy is growing.

Video Transcript

- Meanwhile, a new CBS News poll shows 6 in 10 Americans plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or have already had at least one shot. That leaves 40% of people saying either maybe or no. The CDC says more than five million Americans have skipped getting their second dose of the vaccine. CBS 4's Natalie Brand explains why vaccine hesitancy is becoming a bigger problem in the US.

NATALIE BRAND: Vaccine hesitancy is becoming the latest coronavirus challenge as supply is outpacing demand in some communities.

DR. ASHISH JHA: We don't need to every American vaccinated. But we do need to have most. And I hope most Americans decide this is really a safe and effective vaccine that is good for them, and it's good for their families.

NATALIE BRAND: A new CBS News poll shows more than 1 in 6 Americans or around 22% say they will not get the vaccine. Another 18% are still unsure. About half of Republicans surveyed say they are either unsure or will not get the shot.

ANDY SLAVITT: I encourage people to talk to their doctors, talk to people you trust, talk to your pharmacist. Don't listen to politicians. Don't listen to senators. Don't listen to me. Talk to the people in your life who you trust.

NATALIE BRAND: Overall, the majority of Americans say they will get vaccinated or have already received at least one dose. Doctors say it's important not to skip the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

DR. ASHISH JHA: It is critical that everybody get their second shot because that's the only way we know that it's gonna really protect you for any extended period of time.

NATALIE BRAND: The Biden administration also announced it plans to ship up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, not yet authorized for emergency use in the US, to other countries.

JEN PSAKI: We do not need to use AstraZeneca in our fight against COVID over the next few months. Before any AstraZeneca doses are shipped from the United States, the FDA will confirm any such doses meet its expectations for product quality.

NATALIE BRAND: The CDC is also expected to announce updated guidance as early as tomorrow about wearing masks outdoors. Natalie Brand, CBS News, the White House.

- One European Union official said Sunday that they expect fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to travel to Europe again beginning at some point this summer. The EU has been closed for non-essential travel to Europe for Americans for more than a year.