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    Research Letter
    May 24, 2021

    Public Trust and Willingness to Vaccinate Against COVID-19 in the US From October 14, 2020, to March 29, 2021

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland
    • 2Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • 3Institute of Population Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    JAMA. 2021;325(23):2397-2399. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.8246

    The development of vaccines showing high efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 has offered a way to protect against the health effects of the virus. Yet national surveys suggest that willingness to vaccinate declined throughout 2020 and may be insufficient to provide population immunity.1-3 Public trust in the development of vaccines and the government approval process represents a potential crucial reason for this hesitancy. This study tested changes in trust in vaccination and vaccine hesitancy.

    Participants were from 7 waves of the probability-based Understanding America Study (UAS) of US adults,2,4 conducted between October 14, 2020, and March 29, 2021. The UAS is an internet panel in which panel members are invited to complete questionnaires every 14 to 28 days; internet-connected tablets are provided to households if necessary. The response rate from panel members in this study was 75% to 79% (Supplement).