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Just Over 20% of Americans Will Choose Not to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine: Monmouth Poll

Even before the pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., just over 1 in 5 American adults remain unwilling to get the needed dose to stop the spread of the coronavirus

According to a national Monmouth University Poll released April 14, despite the increase in vaccinations over the past month has not changed the mind of a number of Americans who remain opposed to getting the shot. Currently, 21% of Americans claim they will never get the vaccine if they can avoid it, which is down three points from prior polls in January and March. Pollsters  found the number who say they want to let other people get it first to see how it goes before getting it themselves has dropped to 12% from 21% in March. 

“The number of people who have been skittish about the vaccine has dropped as more Americans line up for the shot, but the hard core group who want to avoid it at all costs has barely budged,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in a press statement with the release of the poll. 

Partisan Divide

“The recent news about J&J vaccines is probably not going to help that situation,” aded Murray. “On the other hand, it might not make it all that much worse since much of this reluctance is really ingrained in partisan identity.”

Inside the numbers of who will avoid the vaccine altogether shows a strong partisan breakdowns—43% of Republicans, 22% of Independents and 5% of Democrats reported they want to avoid getting the vaccine altogether. 

Demographically, adults under age 65 (25%) continue to be more likely than seniors (11%) to rule out getting the vaccine. There are no discernable differences by race, as 22% whites and 20% people of color (20%) stated they will avoid getting the vaccine if they can.

Over 50% Getting Vaccinated

Of those polled, 51% reported having already received at least one vaccination dose jab, while 14% say they will get the vaccine as soon as they are allowed. There was a distinct breakdown along party lines as well, with 67% of are more likely than Independents (47%) and Republicans (36%) to report being vaccinated. More white Americans (54%) than people of color (45%) report having already received a shot.

In other poll findings, President Joe Biden currently holds a job rating of 54% approve and 41% disapprove, relatively unchanged from a month ago. The president gets a 95% approval rating from Democrats and an 88% disapproval rating among Republicans—Independents are divided at 47% approve and 43% disapprove.

Biden gets positive reviews for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak specifically, with 62% saying he has done a good job and 31% saying he has done a bad job, with approval rising five points from the previous month. 

High Marks for Governors

“Goodwill for the president remains high, particularly for his response to the pandemic,” said Murray.

In other coronavirus-related poll ratings, the public gives high marks for how their state governors have handled the pandemic (62% good job and 34% bad job). This good job number had hovered between 56% and 61% since August, following a period where it was in the high 60s to low 70s.

The poll records a split decision on how the American public has been dealing with the outbreak—43% good job and 44% bad job. However, this result is a marked improvement from the net negative ratings registered from late June through last month. The low mark for ratings of how the American public has handled the outbreak was 26% good job and 62% bad job in August. The high point was 51% good job and 33% bad job in May.

Vaccine Distribution

The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 5,832,407 as of April 16. Of those who have received the vaccine, 3,694,948 residents have received their first dose with 2,377,803 receiving their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose; 52% have been administered the Pfizer vaccine, 44% the Moderna vaccine and 4% the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Demographically, 55% of those vaccinated are women and 45% men. As for ethnicity, 57% are White, 10% Hispanic,10% other, 9% unknown, 9% Asian and 6% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 38% are 65 years old or olders, 29% are between the ages of 50-64, 25% are between the ages of 40-49, and 9% are between the ages of 18-29.  

In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 652,941 doses, Essex 451,257 doses, Morris 406,188 doses, Hudson 354,057 doses, Passaic 269,037 doses, Sussex 90,329 doses, and Warren 58,951 doses. 

Daily Data

As of April 16, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 852,330 with 3,791 total new PCR cases reported. There were 775 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 119,452. The total number of individual cases for the state is 971,782. Gov. Murphy previously noted there is some unknown overlap due to health officials urging those taking a rapid test to get a PCR test.

As for those that have passed, the state reported 41 new deaths, bringing that total to 22,502. The state listed probable deaths at 2,592, bringing the overall total to 25,094. State officials noted 31 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.  

For North Jersey counties on April 16, Bergen had a total of 345 new confirmed cases and 79 probable cases, Essex 445 new cases and 65 probable cases, Hudson 382 new cases and 66 probable cases, Morris 174 new cases and 54 probable cases, Passaic 318 new cases and 53 probable cases, Sussex 84 new cases and 20 probable cases, and Warren 41 cases and 25 new probable cases.

Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,551, followed by Bergen at 2,492, Hudson with 1,979, Passaic at 1,635, Morris at 952, Sussex at 222 and Warren County at 204.

In regards to probable deaths reported April 14, Bergen has 294, Essex has 291, Morris has 246, Hudson has 206, Passaic has 195, Sussex has 67 and Warren has 25.

State Testing 

As for the rate of transmission, it declined to 0.91 from 0.92 a day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested as of April 11, was 11.2%; by region, the rate was 12.1% in the North, 10.7% in the Central region and 11.2% in the South. 

Officials reported 2,185 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 1,107 in the North, 669 in the Central and 409  in the South. Of those hospitalized, 456 are in intensive care units and 190 on ventilators. A total of 300 patients were discharged, while 224 were admitted.

Officials have continually cited transmission rate, hospilizations, intensive care units, ventilators and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.

Bergen Tops County Count

Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 85,445, followed by Essex at 83,084, Middlesex at 82,361, Hudson at 76,478, Monmouth at 64,976, Ocean at 63,259, Passaic at 62,083, Union at 57,885, Camden at 45,910, Morris at 40,599, Burlington at 36,488, Mercer at 30,366, Gloucester at 24,993, Atlantic at 23,784, Somerset at 23,145, Cumberland at 13,795, Sussex at 10,982, Hunterdon at 8,341, Warren at 8,286, Salem at 5,071, and Cape May at 4,338.  

In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 12,440, followed by Union at 10,339, Ocean at 9,539, Essex at 8,819, Hudson at 8,547, Monmouth at 7,618, Morris at 7,575, Middlesex at 6,987, Passaic at 6,811, Atlantic at 6,369, Burlington at 6,051, Camden at 6,019, Somerset at 5,452, Cape May at 4,342, Gloucester at 3,728, Cumberland at 2,199, Mercer at 2,184, Sussex at 2,075, Warren at 929, Hunterdon at 822 and Salem 506.

Another 713 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.

In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 245 outbreaks involving 1,094 cases have been reported, with five new outbreaks accounting for 24 cases in the weekly update on April 14. 

For North Jersey, Bergen County has 52 confirmed outbreaks with 198 cases, Passaic County has 15 confirmed outbreaks with 50 cases, Warren has 14 confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Sussex has 12 confirmed outbreaks with 48 cases, Morris County has five confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Hudson County has four confirmed outbreaks with 21 cases, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.

Long-term Care Facilities

Health officials noted 231 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 6,768 of the cases, broken down between 3,007 residents and 3,761 staff. 

Cumulatively, 1,385 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,702 residents and 21,837 staff, for a total of 54,539 cases. 

The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,009 on April 16. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,861 residents deaths and 143 staff deaths.

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