New Poll Shows Continued Vaccine Hesitancy In U.S.

CBS2's Nancy Chen has the latest on COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the country and overseas.

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- The poll shows Americans are slightly less hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine this month and last. But there are still a significant number of people who are not on board with vaccines. Here's CBS 2's Nancy Chen.

NANCY CHEN: The push to vaccinate America against covid-19 is moving faster than many expected. But there are concerns vaccine hesitancy could slow progress.

ANTHONY FAUCI: You know, we've had about 141 million people have received at least one dose. The more people you get vaccinated, the more people you protect.

NANCY CHEN: A new CBS News poll shows 6 in 10 Americans plan to get vaccinated or have already had at least one shot. But that leaves 40% of people saying either maybe or no.

SCOTT GOTTLIEB: I think some portion of those people, we can reach with better education in getting the vaccines at the hands of people that they trust, like their local physicians to try to encourage them to get vaccinated.

NANCY CHEN: Those surveyed who are still hesitant to get vaccinated indicated various reasons. The most common is that the vaccines are still too untested and people are waiting to see what happens to others who get the shots.

Bokhoven cases are declining in the US. They're surging in India. The government there is reporting 300,000 new cases a day. Hospitals are full, and oxygen supplies are dangerously low. The Biden administration is planning to help.

ANTHONY FAUCI: There's discussions about really ramping up what we can do on the ground, oxygen supplies, drugs, tests, PPE, as well as taking a look in the intermediate and long run about how we can get vaccines to these individuals.

NANCY CHEN: The UK is also stepping up its aid, sending more than 600 medical devices, including much needed ventilators. Nancy Chen, CBS News.

- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 8% of Americans have missed their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. That's up from about 3.4% back in March. But the CDC says its numbers do not account for people who got their second doses at a different location from their first shots.