More than 4 in 5 Americans Would Not Give Up Sex, Drugs or Music to Get COVID Vaccine Immediately

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Asked what they’d be willing to give up for one year if it meant they could get the COVID vaccine tomorrow, twice as many women as men said they wouldn’t give up a anything, a new survey finds.

A majority (52%) of women said they “would not be willing to give up anything” in order to get the vaccine, compared to about a quarter (26%) of men, survey results released Tuesday by ValuePenguin reveal. In all, 39% of Americans wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice anything to get vaccinated.

“Recreational drugs” is the only indulgence of the 12 surveyed that women are more likely to say they’d give up (18%) than are men (15%).

Music, sex, shopping, and recreational drugs are the things Americans are least willing to give up for a year in exchange for the vaccine, with less than one in five saying they’d be willing to abstain. Conversely, alcohol, Netflix and video games are deemed the most expendable, the survey finds.

Things Americans Would Give Up for 1 Year to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Tomorrow:

According to its press release announcing the survey results,, a product of LendingTree, is a personal finance website that conducts research and provides analysis to help guide consumers’ financial decisions.

ValuePenguin commissioned Qualtrics to conduct the online survey of 1,013 U.S. consumers from February 26 to March 1, 2021. The survey was administered using a non-probability-based sample, and quotas were used to ensure the sample base represented the overall population. All responses were reviewed by researchers for quality control.