Harris poll: 1/3 of vaccinated Americans cutting ties with unvaccinated family, friends

Researchers say the vaccine divide in some cases is showing there could be lasting, negative damage to those relationships.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2021, 12:34 AM

Updated 1,041 days ago

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A new poll has found that the topic of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated is now pitting friends and family against each other.
A Harris Poll survey shows 1/3 of vaccinated Americans are cutting ties with family, friends and acquaintances who are not vaccinated.
Researchers say the vaccine divide in some cases is showing there could be lasting, negative damage to those relationships.
The medical director of South Oaks Hospital says when tensions are high, and people are arguing about the vaccine it is not the time to try to reason with them.
"The impact is probably more than we have suspected or anticipated," says psychiatrist Dr. Youssef Hassoun. "They share with me the struggles they're having because they have a son, a brother, a cousin, a fiancé who lives with them that is basically refusing."
Dr. Hassoun says the arguments, tension and division are affecting all age groups.
The poll also shows that 2/3 of people have tried to change the mind of a family member and convince them to get the vaccine.


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