‘I don’t need the vaccine’: GOP worries threaten virus fight

‘I don’t need the vaccine’: GOP worries threaten virus fight
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FRONT ROYAL, Virginia (AP) - There is a growing partisan split when it comes to COVID vaccines.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 42% of Republicans say they probably or definitely will not get the shot, compared with 17% of Democrats.

That’s raising alarms among health experts who fear it could undermine efforts to achieve herd immunity and finally move past a pandemic that has left more than 530,000 dead.

During interviews over the last several days across the country, those who self-identify as vaccine-hesitant cited various factors, including concerns about potential side effects and their belief that the pandemic has been politicized and overblown.

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