(AXIOS) 35% of Americans say they would refuse a coronavirus vaccine, even if it was free, approved by the Food and Drug Administration and available immediately, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.
The big picture: Health experts believe a vaccine — coupled with recommended public health measures — will be the path back to societal normalcy. But that outcome relies on a critical mass getting the vaccine so that the population can achieve herd immunity.
Many Americans, however, are split along party lines as to whether they'd be willing to obtain a vaccine for COVID-19.
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81% of Democrats said they would be willing to have a vaccine, while 47% of Republicans said the same.
Independents fell in the middle, with 59% reporting they would get vaccinated for the coronavirus.