Americans have ended their strongest friendships over the COVID-19 vaccine

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Even the best of friends break up over it. 

Vaccinated Americans have called it quits with friends who refused to get the COVID-19 shot, according to a new poll. 

A survey of 1,000 Americans - conducted by OnePoll on Sept. 2 - examined why people have ended friendships in the last year and a half and found 16% of respondents have axed three pals from their lives since the pandemic began in March 2020. 

Of those who ended a friendship, 66% are vaccinated and 17% don't ever plan to receive the shot. 

Fourteen percent of vaccinated respondents said they parted ways with friends who didn't want to get inoculated.

Even "Friends" and "The Morning Show" star Jennifer Aniston ended friendships over the vaccine. 

"There's still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don't listen to the facts. It's a real shame. I've just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate," she revealed to InStyle in an interview published on Aug. 3. 

The data showed other reasons friends broke up - whether vaccinated or not - were having different political views (16%), dating or sleeping with an ex (15%), making up rumors about them (12%), and being liars (7%).

Similarly, a vast majority of vaccinated people (97%) consider their ex-friends to be "full-blown anti-vaxxers" and said they could never get them to understand the importance of the vaccine. 

Those respondents shared why their former friends didn't want to get vaccinated - from not believing in vaccines to claiming the COVID-19 vaccine doesn't work.

Many unvaccinated people said it was a personal choice because they're worried about potential side effects. Others said they're healthy and don't need the vaccine, while some expressed distrust. 

The study also looked into how the different political parties view the vaccine as politicization continues to rise. 

Of those polled, a majority of Democrats (81%) are fully vaccinated, as well as 64% of Republicans, 69% of Independents and 41% of third-party supporters.  

Meanwhile, 7% of Democrats shared they didn't receive the vaccine, followed by 27% of third-party supporters, 23% of Republicans and 20% of Independents who haven't gotten the shot. 

Surprisingly, many Democrats (41%) feel society is too critical of unvaccinated people, and over half of Republicans (57%) echo that sentiment. However, 12% of Democrats and 5% of Republicans disagree that society is harsh on unvaccinated people. 

Overall, 61% of vaccinated people feel "very confident" in their decision to get the shot, compared to 33% of people who feel the same about not getting vaccinated.  

And as to where people get their information about the vaccine, the top places are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (45%), their doctor or local clinic (42%), medical experts such as their state health commissioner (39%), and the news (31%). 

People also said they do their research online (26%), and 19% turn to social media to get their COVID-19 information.

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