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Poll finds less than 40% of Arizona voters would get coronavirus vaccine

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PHOENIX – Less than 40% of Arizonans voters would take a COVID-19 vaccine even if it was free, according to a recent poll.

An OH Predictive Insights poll found 38% of likely Arizona voters would take a coronavirus vaccine. The same poll showed 38% of voters would not take the vaccine while 23% were undecided.

“The public is going to need some convincing to take a vaccine when the time comes,” OH Chief Pollster Mike Noble said. “Public officials from President Trump on down are going to have their work cut out for them, given that more than 60% of voters wouldn’t be ready to get the shot.”

The poll found that Arizonans over 55 years of age had the highest likelihood to take the vaccine at 48%. 34% of voters age 18-54 would get the shot.

The survey also asked voters how likely they would be to receive the vaccine if it was developed and produced in the United States, which 54% of voters said that would make them more willing to get vaccinated.

President Donald Trump asserted Tuesday that a vaccine could be three to four weeks away. But the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress Wednesday that it would take six to nine months after any shot’s approval to distribute it nationally.

CDC Director Robert Redfield said any vaccine available in November or December would be in “very limited supply,” and reserved for first responders and people most vulnerable to COVID-19. The shot wouldn’t be broadly available until the spring or summer of 2021, he estimated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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