Vaccine hesitant are impervious even to physician persuasion, survey shows

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Personal recommendations from doctors may not help revitalize the United States’ stalling COVID-19 vaccination drive, a new CBS News/YouGov poll released [July 18] found. 

Only 10 percent of people who are hesitant about getting a shot say their own doctor’s advice would sway them, compared to 74 percent who would seemingly ignore it. The data point appears to throw a wrinkle into efforts to increase vaccination rates again since personal doctors are sometimes considered more likely to convince holdouts than, say, government and public health officials at this stage.

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The CBS poll also revealed that vaccinated people are more concerned about the fast-spreading delta variant than their unvaccinated peers, even though the later group is at higher risk of infection.

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