More than 40 per cent of Americans revealed they'd be more likely to get the Covid-19 vaccine if Dr. Fauci was inoculated first, poll said.
A new survey of 1,980 U.S. adults by Harris Poll placed Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, above politicians and celebrities alike.
Forty-two per cent said they'd want to see Fauci receive the vaccine first, New York Post reports, as he agreed on Thursday to take it on camera when his 'turn comes up.'
'We have a job to do to reach out and convince people to get vaccinated,' Fauci told CBS podcast The Takeout on Thursday.
Meanwhile, 39 per cent indicated that they'd feel more comfortable if the CEO of the company underwent doses first.
A new survey from Harris Poll revealed that 42 per cent of U.S. adults would be more likely to get the Covid-19 vaccine if Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) went first
So far two companies, Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc, have asked the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their vaccine candidates.
Albert Bourla has led Pfzier since January 2019 and Stéphane Bancel began operations at Moderna Inc in 2011.
The survey, per The Post, found that both President-elect Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama were put at 36 per cent.
Thirteen per cent of surveyors, who took the poll from November 20 to December 2, said they'd be less likely to get vaccinated if Obama went first.
The Harris Poll survey found that 36 per cent would be more willing to take the vaccine if former President Barack Obama (left) and President-elect Joe Biden (right) went first
Obama was among the former U.S. presidents who publicly declared they'd undergo the Covid-19 vaccination on camera to prove its safety.
Recent polls have indicated that some Americans are wary of taking a new vaccine approved by the FDA, according to a November Gallup poll.
It found that 37 per cent of are concerned with an accelerated timeline while 26 per cent want to make sure it's safe first.
On Wednesday, Obama said on SiriusXM's The Joe Madison Show that he believed in the science behind the vaccine.
'I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,' he said. ''What I don't trust is getting Covid.'
George W. Bush's chief of staff told CNN that he spoke with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx about promoting the vaccine.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have said they are willing to get coronavirus vaccinations on camera in order to build public trust in the vaccine's safety as 42 per cent of Americans say they won't take the shot
'First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera,' Freddy Ford told CNN.
Bill Clinton's press secretary said her would 'definitely take it'.
'President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on priorities determined by public health officials, and he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same,' she told CNN
The Harris Poll survey also found that 26 per cent of Americans would be more likely to take a vaccine if President Donald Trump volunteered first, The Post reports.
But 19 per cent said they'd be less likely if the Commander-in-Chief was first up.
The Harris Poll survey also found that 26 per cent of Americans would be more likely to take a vaccine if President Donald Trump (pictured) volunteered first
Americans also said they'd put faith in a Covid vaccine if some Hollywood stars and media figures received shots first.
They listed actress Julia Roberts, Tucker Carlson of Fox News, Kim Kardashian-West and Tom Hanks, who caught the virus in March and was forced to quarantine with his wife, Rita Wilson, in Australia.
Confidence around a vaccine remained skeptical, according to the poll, as 63 per cent of respondents suggested they feared potential side effects.
The Post reports that 43 per cent don't think the vaccine will stop them from catching Covid in the future, while 19 per cent were against vaccinations overall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that elderly residents in care homes and healthcare workers would receive the vaccine first.
Pictured: A medical technician administers a test to a resident at a Covid-19 testing site in East Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday
So far two companies, Pfizer Inc (left) and Moderna Inc (right), have asked the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their vaccine candidates.
Even though healthcare workers have a high-risk of exposure, some are wary about doing so, according to a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The survey, which was conducted in September, found that nearly 40 per cent of people are 'not likely' to get the jab once it is approved.
Shared at the meeting of its vaccine advisory committee on November 23, the poll found only 21 per cent who said they were 'absolutely certain' to be immunized.
The remaining 42 percent said they were 'very' or 'somewhat' likely.
Only 48 per cent of non-white adults said they would take the vaccine. Overall 37 per cent of the poll's respondents are concerned with a rushed timeline while 26 per cent want to wait to see if it's safe.
On Tuesday, a CDC panel voted 13-1 to give healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents in the US the first coronavirus vaccine doses once it's cleared for public use, according to CNBC.
A recent CDC survey found that 37% of healthcare workers say they were 'not likely' to get the coronavirus vaccine (above)
Obama also said that he would take the vaccine if Dr Anthony Fauci said it was safe.
He even urged those who are most at risk to take the vaccine.
'If you are in that category, if you are elderly, if you've got a preexisting condition, if you're a frontline worker, if you're a medical worker, if you are in a grocery store, if you're a first responder, you should take that vaccine,' he said.
Doctors and nurses say they are concerned about the speed at which COVID-19 vaccines were researched and developed as well as possible meddling from political figures to get the inoculations out quickly.
'I'm really hesitant about it,' Dr Kida Thompson, a family physician in El Paso, Texas, told NPR.
People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 in Brooklyn on December 01, 2020 in New York City as the FDA considers vaccine options
'For the ones of us who are asking questions, there's just a lot of questions.
Thompson said she generally gets vaccines, including the yearly flu shot, because they have been proven safe and effective.
However, she said she is uncertain about getting a COVID-19 jab because the typically years-long process took just 11 months to put together.
She is also skeptical about the messaging from the White House, such that of Lt Gen Paul A Ostrowski of Operation Warp Speed, the government's plan to distribute the coronavirus vaccine.
On Monday, Ostrowski told MSNBC that every American who wants a jab will have one by June 2021.
Additionally, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows summoned US Food and Drug (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn for a meeting to explain 'why he hasn't moved faster' to approve Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, reported Axios.
'Fast and free just doesn't equate,' Thompson told NPR.
'This whole thing has been politicized from day one, and there's a salesmanship going into it.'
A recent survey, conducted by Axios-Ipsos, found that nearly six in 10 people do not want to receive the jab against COVID-19 as soon as it becomes available.
Additionally, a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found more than 50 percent said they would not get the jab even if it were free prior to the presidential election.
During the interview, Obama also spoke about the Tuskegee experiment which started in 1932 and allowed medical doctors to withhold syphilis treatment from African-American men.
'I understand, historically, everything dating back all the way to the Tuskegee experiments and so forth, why the African-American community would have some skepticism,' Obama said in the interview.
'But the fact of the matter is, is that vaccines are why we don't have polio anymore. And they're the reason why we don't have a whole bunch of kids dying from measles, and smallpox and diseases that used to decimate entire populations and communities.'
Meanwhile, there are also fears of employers requiring their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
'Companies have every good reason to get all of their employees vaccinated and also have an obligation to keep all employees and customers safe,' said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University.
Gostin and five other health law experts said private companies in the United States have broad liberties to set health and safety standards, which would allow them to mandate vaccinations as a condition of employment with some exceptions.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May said employers were allowed to compel employees to get a coronavirus test before allowing them to return to work, a decision that some experts said might be extended to vaccine mandates.
But Robert Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, said companies considering mandates should wait for vaccines to undergo a full-fledged regulatory review process.
'Employers are on shakier grounds because of the emergency use authorization,' Field said, adding there was no precedent for vaccine mandates during that phase.
US courts that have ruled on lawsuits by healthcare workers opposing employer-mandated flu vaccines have largely sided with hospitals as long as they provided reasonable exemption policies, court records showed.
Vaccine mandates are common in the US healthcare industry, where many hospitals require staff to take annual flu shots and all US states mandate vaccines for school children.
Employees and parents can object to vaccines largely on two grounds: medical conditions that contraindicate vaccination or - depending on the US state - religious or personal beliefs.
Some union contracts with individual employers, particularly in the healthcare industry, also prevent mandatory vaccines.
The chief adviser of the US government's COVID-19 vaccine program said on Tuesday that 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of 2020, and that by the middle of 2021 most Americans will have access to highly effective vaccines.
The United States has recorded more than 14million cases and more than 274,600 deaths.