Eighty-five percent of American Jews accept the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. The study interviewed several religious groups and subgroups, such as Black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, White Evangelical Protestants, and others.
The survey was conducted in March, and then again in June, to showcase changes in attitude toward vaccine-related issues over time. Despite being the religious group that accepts vaccines the most at 85%, American Jews have notably not increased their likelihood of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine since March, remaining stagnant at 85%. All other religious groups saw their acceptance increase by at least 10%.
The United States did not meet the 70% vaccine target the Biden administration set for the July 4 vacation, but it came close. According to Our World in Data, 48% of Americans were fully immunized by July 4. By August 1, that number had risen to 50.2%, while 58.3% had received at least one dose.
Among religious groups, Hispanic Catholics increased acceptance of the vaccine the most, from 56% in March to 80% in June. Nearly eight in ten White Catholics (79%) also accept the vaccine, up from 68% in March. Other non-Christians (78%), other Christians (77%), people with no religious affiliation (75%) and white mainline Protestants (74%) also recorded increases of 11 to 15 points. percentage in each group.
On July 29, President Joe Biden called on state and local authorities to offer residents cash payments of $ 100 as an incentive to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It was the latest push by federal and state governments to push vaccines. On May 12, the state of Ohio announced a lottery scheme to pay up to $ 1 million to randomly selected vaccinees. The state awarded a total of $ 4 million to four vaccinated Ohioans, awarding another full college scholarship to four also vaccinated Ohio students.
According to data collected by NBC News, there had been 125,682 “groundbreaking” cases of COVID-19 among more than 164.2 million Americans as of July 30. This represents 0.08% of all individuals vaccinated.
Infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said last month on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that more than 99% of recent deaths were among the unvaccinated. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Rochelle Walensky said last month that unvaccinated people accounted for more than 97% of hospitalizations.
“There is a clear message going,” Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 response team briefing on July 16. “This is becoming an unvaccinated pandemic. Our biggest concern is that we will continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and, unfortunately, deaths among the unvaccinated.”
To encourage vaccines and keep people safe, institutions such as universities across the country are demanding vaccines. Indiana University at Bloomington has announced that it will require proof of vaccination for all students, unless they are eligible for a medical, religious or ethical exemption, or if they are participating in a program fully. in line.
Seventy-one percent of American Jews support requiring proof of vaccination for activities such as travel, work, or school. This is the second highest number behind what PRRI classified as “other Christians” at 72%.
According to PRRI, 64% of Americans who attend church services at least a few times a year support religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirements. This is compared to 46% of Americans who rarely or never attend services.
American Jews were also less likely to report at least moderate concerns about COVID-19 vaccines, with 28% saying they had concerns. Almost seven in 10 Hispanic Protestants (69%) and about six in ten Black Protestants (59%) reported moderate or major concerns about vaccines.
Americans over 65 are the most likely to accept the vaccine, at 86%. About three in four Americans (74%) aged 50 to 64 accept the vaccine, while ages 30 to 49 and 18 to 29 are the least likely, at 64% for both groups.
Republicans remain 63% less likely than Independents or Democrats to be vaccine acceptors, compared to Independents (71%) or Democrats (85%). However, this is an increase from March, when only 58% of Republicans felt accepted for the vaccine, according to the survey.
Men are slightly more likely than women to have received a dose of the vaccine or to say they will get one as soon as possible, at 73% of men compared to 69% of women. However, women have seen a slightly larger increase in acceptance since March, from 54% to 69%, while men have increased from 61% to 73%.