According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, 36% to 47% of New Jerseyans say they “probably” or “definitely” won’t get vaccinated against COVID-19, with the responses varying depending on how the vaccine was described. (More people were willing if the vaccine was described as “safe and effective.”)
“With the recent positive news from Pfizer and Moderna, it is likely that public opinion on immunization will continue to shift and evolve,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “But right now, a large portion of New Jerseyans are still wary, which makes any future messaging encouraging vaccination that much more important.”
Among those reluctant to get vaccinated, at least eight in 10 cited concerns about side effects or said they would need more information about how it works, or both.
Sixty-six percent of survey respondents said they know someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, up slightly since the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll first asked this question in May. Seventy-one percent are worried (30% “very,” 41% “somewhat”) that they or someone in their household will get sick from the coronavirus, down from last spring (41% “very,” 38% “somewhat”).
The poll also found that, even if a vaccine is rolled out speedily, residents believe New Jersey won’t quickly return to normal. Forty-two percent said it would take six months to a year. Another 30% thought it would take longer. The optimists — 23% — said they thought things will be better within six months.