More than half of the 2,300 residents in a Fairfax County suburb said they are more likely than others to be infected with coronavirus.
A poll released Wednesday showed that only 38 percent of the residents of the suburb of Easton were vaccinated, the lowest level in the county.
The remaining 40 percent said they were at risk.
The results come as the National Institutes of Health is investigating the potential link between the coronaviruses, which were discovered in 2015 in coronaviral-spiked meat, and the outbreak.
A recent report by the agency found that coronaviremia is rare in people with no known underlying health conditions.
“The results of this poll indicate that residents of Eastside are in a position of high confidence that they are at greater risk for infection with coronaviars,” said Michael Greiner, the agency’s director of public health research and development.
“That is not a reassuring conclusion.
It is a warning that we should be very vigilant about the potential spread of the virus in our community.”
Residents who were asked whether they had received a coronavirotic vaccine were asked the same question but were not asked about their vaccination status.
The survey was conducted on behalf of the Easton Health Department.
The survey found that residents in the community of Eastwood were the most likely to have received a vaccine.
Only 10 percent of residents had received the recommended doses of the coronovirus vaccine, according to the poll.
The other 60 percent of those polled said they had not received the vaccine.
Eaton said the results are “a wake-up call for the public.”
“This survey, along with the results from our community survey last year, show that the public is far more concerned than ever about the spread of coronaviars in our region,” Eaton said.
“Residents who have not received any vaccines are far more likely now than they were to be at risk of infection with the virus, and that’s concerning to us as we work with our community partners to protect them.”
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a study on Tuesday that found that the median area of the U.S. that has experienced an increase in cases of coronajvirus is around one-third of the county’s population.