Seventy-nine percent of vaccinated Americans blame unvaccinated Americans for the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, a study from Ipsos and Axios found. Furthermore, the recent spike in COVID-19 cases has left 78% concerned about the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19.
Similar to several other countries, America is currently experiencing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, the United States reached a seven-day rolling average of 79,951 new COVID-19 cases, a 312% increase from the seven-day average in early July. In order to combat this recent spike, health officials are encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.
“You know what we really need to do. We say it over and over again, and it’s the truth: We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not getting vaccinated. We are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
According to the recent survey from Ipsos and Axios, more unvaccinated Americans are warming up to the idea of getting the vaccine. Approximately 77% of Americans are reportedly willing to get the vaccine. In contrast, only 57% of Americans are wearing face masks “all or some of the time." While this is a 5% increase from data found in a survey completed one month ago, health officials and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to make sure that all Americans are wearing masks when entering public indoor venues.
"It is not a welcomed piece of news that masking is going to be a part of people's lives who have already been vaccinated," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained.
"This new data weighs heavily on me, this new guidance weighed heavily on me and I just wanted to convey that this was not a decision that was taken lightly."