Only 58% of adults 50-80 years old say they plan to get the coronavirus vaccine in new U-M study

only 58% of adults 50-80 say they'll get the coronavirus vaccine
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Getting the vaccine that destroys coronavirus is the first step of the battle. The second? Convincing people it's safe enough to get the injection.

A new University of Michigan survey shows only about six in ten adults between the ages of 50 and 80 -- the most vulnerable group -- say they are "somewhat or very likely" to get vaccinated to prevent the coronavirus.

The National Poll on Healthy Aging, released this morning, shows 20% said they wanted to get vaccinated right away when the vaccines become available, but 46-percent said they'd rather wait for others before doing it themselves.

The research shows women, people of color, people between 50 and 64 years old, and those with lower incomes and education levels were less likely to say they'd seek vaccination in general.

The poll also shows 80% of respondents said that they'll consider how well a vaccine works as part of making their vaccination decision and nearly one-third of respondents said cost was very important to their decision about vaccination.

The new results come from a poll taken in October for U-M's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, with support from AARP and Michigan Medicine, U-M's academic medical center. The poll draws from the answers of a national sample of more than 2,000 adults aged 50 to 80.

"Effective vaccines will be crucial to getting this pandemic under control and preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19, especially among people over 50 and those with underlying health issues," says Preeti Malani, the poll's director and a specialist in geriatrics and infectious diseases at Michigan Medicine.

"Our findings point to a strong need to communicate effectively and transparently about how well the vaccines work, the safeguards built in to protect the safety of recipients, and the public health importance of widespread vaccination starting with priority groups."