Be honest, scientists do not have all the answers. The number of people who have been vaccinated is known. And do not show vaccine-promotional advertisements with politicians, even Donald Trump.
That’s what Trump’s vaccine fluctuating voter focus group claimed this weekend as public health officials rushed to win over tens of millions of Republicans who said they had no plans to have coronavirus surgery. If those voters back then, experts feared that those efforts would jeopardize the high level of immunity needed to stop the spread of the virus in the United States.
“These people represent 30 million Americans. And without those people, you don’t get herd immunity, “said Frank Lunts, a longtime GOP poller who called a focus group on enlargement on Saturday. The group recounted what Lunts described as a remarkable bow. At the end of the two-hour plus session, all 19 participants (one of whom left early) said they were more likely to be vaccinated. Եւ Lunts said he started the national election to see which messages resonated with the general public.
“I think next Wednesday we will test messages that people can use to make Republicans more confident about vaccines,” said Brian Castrucci, executive director of the De Beaumont Foundation, a public health organization in Bethesda.
The Luntz focus group members only knew their first and last name և state, although many participants shared biographical details during a session featuring GOP politicians, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden, who tried to reassure them. fears about vaccines.
The participants were determined. They believed that the threat of the coronavirus was real, many had contracted it themselves or were aware of seriously ill friends և family և, they did not want to be condemned as “anti-hunger” people who were against all vaccines. Instead, they blamed the hesitation on factors such as the unknown long-term effects of the new vaccines, although the scientists stressed their confidence in the product. They have accused politicians and government scientists of repeatedly misleading them over the past year, often responding to Trump’s accusations that Democrats used the virus as an election weapon of the year, preferring its dangers. Some said the latest political calls for a shot-off only intensified their opposition.
“We want to educate, not indoctrinate,” said a man from New York named Adam, who praised the vaccine as a “miracle, though dubious.”
An Iowa woman named Su said she feared political “manipulation” of the vaccine, even though she was a pharmacist for one of the vaccine companies, Merck. “I know their vaccines are good products, I trust them,” Syu added. “What I do not trust is that the government is telling me what to do when they have not taken us in the right direction.”
The focus group’s concerns were echoed by pollsters’ revelations about the growing reluctance of Trump voters to get vaccinated. A CBS News / YouGov poll released on Sunday found that 33% of Republicans said they would not get shot, and another 20% said they did not know what to do. In contrast, only 10% of Democrats said they were against the vaccine, while 19% were undecided.
During the augmentation session, Republican politicians, including California House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, and Ohio State Representative Brad Weinstrup, repeatedly tried to persuade the Doctors’ Association to pay their respects to the party. But the level of legislators has largely fallen, and in some cases ironic political rhetoric seems to have raised more suspicions. For example, McCarty said he understood the skepticism of Trump voters as pharmaceutical companies waited to announce their promising vaccine results before Trump lost the election. A comment that caused participants to share their own grievances.
“It was such political tricks that left us in doubt,” said a Texas man named David.
But the focus group applauded Frieden, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, which is not mentioned, especially after he wrote “five facts” about insults and vaccines, such as the vast majority of doctors who preferred to be vaccinated. Participants praised the former CDP leader for his apolitical arguments, which he repeatedly referred to as changing tens of thousands of people who participated in trials of coronavirus vaccines last year.
“The only thing that bothered me the most was Dr. Frieden’s comment that the long-term effects of COVID could be: [or] “They are worse than the effect of the vaccine,” said a man identified as Peter of Missouri. Peter added that after the session, he went from “80%” to “probably 75%”.
“His first points were that it was already 20 years of research [to develop the vaccine]”It simply does not make sense,” said Chad, a Minnesota native who also praised Frieden for acknowledging the long-term risks of vaccines. “He’s just being honest with us, he’s telling us, people are not 100 percent here.”
Offered or many other messengers remained unknown. The group developed a public service statement released last week that included former presidents Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and My Cards. One of those present called the advertisement “propaganda”, while the other said that the former presidents were “bad actors”.
“It really annoys me,” said Debbie, a voter from Georgia.
The group also condemned Anthony Fauci, Trump’s government infectious disease specialist, who has been ruthlessly attacked by conservative media over the past year, as a “liar,” a “finger-puncher,” an “opportunist.”
Fauci, who was also accused by many participants of Trump’s wrongdoing of the virus, told Fox News Sunday that Trump should make his own public service statement. But the focus group of Trump voters did not like that idea. Participants generally stated that their wife or doctor would be more influential in their decision than hearing from the former president.
Last week, Lunts, who told The Post that he “does not need a focus group to tell me that Donald Trump’s PSA will have no greater impact,” said he was surprised Trump’s participation was rejected. by people who described him as a staunch supporter of death. “These people are starting to move forward,” he said in theory. The Fox News vaccine PSA also collected batches from the shoulders.
A Republican politician brought a convincing playing field. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who shared his own history of coronavirus infection while advising Trump at the White House – և was developing a business so serious that he was placed in the intensive care unit on Saturday. Christine also found out that two members of her family had died from the virus, focusing on “coincidence” how the coronavirus could seriously affect even healthy people, including Trump’s 30-year-old adviser Hope Hicks.
“We really should not all march like lemongrass to go and do what the government tells us to do,” said the former two-year-old governor, calling himself a political supporter. “It simply came to our notice then. But I really believe that the facts I have learned և my experience should at least make everyone think hard ”about the vaccine.
Lunts said he was disappointed that politics and public health were so involved in responding to the epidemic.
“It really annoys me about both administrations because people are going to die,” said a longtime pollster, accusing Trump of underestimating the risk of the virus and Biden of downplaying the Trump administration’s work on the vaccine.
“You commend Trump for his efforts. And then move on, “Lunts added. “What harm can be done by saying something good?” “Even though we all know that Trump would not do it himself.”
Public health experts who attended the hearing said they were influenced to develop vaccine advocacy messages that were hyperlocal, hypersensitive and apolitical.
“I thought the messages would be very different for colored communities, Democrats and Republicans,” said Natalie DeGis, co-founder of the United States Health and Public Health Group, which works with organizations to distribute vaccines. such as the de Beaumont Foundation և The Kaiser Family Foundation. “But it seems that we are talking about the principles that are divided among the population. “People want complete, accurate information so they can decide if it’s right for them or their loved ones.”
Arriving after the meeting, Frieden said he was ready for Trump voters to question his leadership, but that he was often overwhelmed by emotional reactions, including that the fear of vaccines was greater than the fear at first. getting very sick from the virus.
“I did not realize the depth of the feeling that the vaccine was armed and politicized,” Frieden said. “It was quite impressive for me.”
The former CDP leader said he already planned to focus on messages that people thought were convincing.
“The vaccines were partially approved quickly because the red tape was cut off, not the corners,” he said. “And almost all the doctors who are offered the vaccine get it.”