Feb 26, 2021 - Sports

Exclusive: Impact of athlete vaccination

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

54% of Americans think it would be a good idea to give NBA players early access to the COVID-19 vaccine in order to increase public confidence in it, according to a survey administered last week by The Harris Poll.

  • 1,961 adults were surveyed; 68% said they'd likely get the vaccine as soon as it became available.
  • 39% said they'd be more comfortable getting the vaccine if NBA players publicly received it first, led by Black (55%) and Asian (54%) respondents.

The state of play: Through Wednesday, 13.6% of Americans have received at least one dose, and 6.2% have received both, per the CDC.

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