Currently, more than half of the American population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. The percentage of those 12 or older is over 61%.
WASHINGTON – Verify exists to fight the misinformation that spreads on social media, and showing our sources and being transparent about our process is the foundation of what we do.
Unfortunately, not everyone follows this motto.
Take messages like this one, claiming that the “CDC quietly released data showing 7 in 10 Americans refuse experimental gene therapy.”
The post does not offer any source, but nonetheless, the review team does not rule it out, until we verify it.
Have 70% of Americans Refused a COVID Vaccine, CDC Data Shows?
WHAT WE FOUND
Our Verify researchers began by contacting the CDC. A spokesperson for the agency responded in part: “I do not know the origin of this message.”
Then we scoured the CDCs website. There are no figures to support this claim. In fact, we found just the opposite. If you look at what percentage of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of COVID vaccines, that’s more than half, according to CDC data.
As of June 8, that number was 51.6%. It only increases if you look at the percentage of people who are currently eligible for vaccination. About 61.1% of people 12 years of age or older received at least one injection.
So we can verify that this post is wrong.
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Our Verify researchers continued to see what official data was available and found that the federal government was keeping a rough estimate of vaccine hesitancy rates through a survey by the US Census Bureau.
From the responses collected between May 12 and May 24 from more than 56 million people who had not yet been vaccinated, around 11.4% of those surveyed said they probably would not, or certainly not, get vaccinated against COVID. Another 5.7% said they were not sure.
For those who said they would “definitely not” get a vaccine and provided a reason, the main reason selected was “not to trust COVID-19 vaccines.” For those who said they “probably” would not get a vaccine, the most common reason was “concerned about side effects” and for those who said “not sure” the main reason for reluctance to vaccinate was “plan to wait and see if it’s safe.”
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