Even though most Americans believe COVID shots are effective, a majority remain concerned about side effects.
A new Rasmussen Reports national phone and online survey shows 56 percent of American adults believe COVID shots are effective at preventing infection with the virus. Thirty-eight percent do not think the vaccines are effective.
Fifty-seven percent are concerned that COVID shots may have major side effects. That includes 31 percent who are very concerned. Forty percent are not concerned.
The findings show little change since December of last year.
Sixty-eight percent of adults said they’ve received a COVID shot. Fifty-six percent of those adults reported no side effects from the jab. Thirty-four percent said they had minor side effects while seven percent reported major side effects.
Only 21 percent of unvaccinated adults believe COVID shots are at least somewhat effective at preventing infection. Seventy-three percent of those “vaccinated” believe the shots are somewhat effective at preventing infection.
Interestingly, 83 percent of Democrats have received the shot, 65 percent of Republicans have and 58 percent of unaffiliated voters have.
Eighty percent of Democrats believe the shots are at least somewhat effective at preventing infection with the virus. Forty percent of Republicans and 45 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.