July 28, 2020 -- Fewer than half of people plan to get a coronavirus vaccine in the first year it’s available, and an even smaller group -- fewer than a third -- say they’ll get it in the first 90 days, a new WebMD reader poll finds.

The poll of 1,000 readers finds many of them reluctant to take a potential COVID vaccine, even though public health experts have said it’s the best way to move past the pandemic.

Just over 40% said they planned to get a vaccine, while 28% said they did not. Another 30% were unsure.

Fewer than a third -- 26% -- said they would wait up to 90 days to get a vaccine. A total of 42% said they would within the first 12 months.

“This serves as a wake-up call,” said John Whyte, MD, chief medical officer of WebMD. “If immunization rates are low, then we’re not going to achieve the level of herd immunity needed to protect us from this virus.”

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