As demand for vaccination falls in the United States, states are turning to increasingly dramatic measures—Dinner with the governor! Multi-million dollar lotteries! -To convince people to take their hit. But perhaps the boldest incentive also comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he said on May 13 that fully vaccinated people can pass without masks, inside and out. The CDC is essentially hanging on to a carrot: if you get your shot, you can resume your regular life.
Many experts have interrogated if that strategy works, it’s some he argued will shoot. After all, politics is almost impossible to enforce. There is little to prevent people who are not vaccinated from going without a mask next to those who have had their strokes, which could allow the virus to continue to spread. It is a particular risk in indoor environments, such as warehouses and offices.
But a new TIME / Harris Poll survey, conducted May 18-19 among 1,075 U.S. adults aged 18 and over, it offers a slightly more optimistic view of the CDC’s stakes. The agency’s policy, Harris found, motivates some Americans to be vaccinated — but not necessarily for the reason you think.
Among respondents who were vaccinated in the seven days prior to Harris ’research or who were told to prevent vaccination in the near future, 23% said the CDC’s new mask policy encouraged them to take a hit. . It has a positive, if not massive, effect. But the data also reveal a certainly more interesting finding: among the same group, 41% said they had been vaccinated or planned to be vaccinated at least in part because they were concerned about being around people without masks without vaccinations.
The CDC’s new policy is probably not the only driver of this sentiment – more people are leaving without a mask when accounts shrink and states reopen independently – but it has probably played a role. Whether it’s the agency’s intended outcome or not, it seems its mask policy affects people’s vaccination decisions.