The survey first contacted those interviewed in January to see how their perspective on the issue had evolved. Those who decided to get the vaccine after saying they were not sure or did not intend to get the vaccine “often say that family, friends and their personal doctors have helped them change their minds. ‘notice,’ the foundation found.
Most of the people who had made firm decisions one way or the other in January had not moved since. Of those who were not vaccinated at the start of the year, only about 8% had changed their minds – the rest stuck with their original choice or started without knowing what they would end up doing.
But those who changed their minds or made decisions after initial uncertainty often opted for the vaccine. Not only 92% of those who intended to be vaccinated did so, but also 54% of those who said they planned to wait and see, as well as 24% of those who initially said they did. ‘they certainly wouldn’t receive it. vaccine or would only receive it if needed. In contrast, only 8% of those who had been on the fence in January said in June that they had definitely decided not to get the vaccine.
Of those who decided to get the vaccine after being initially unsure, about half said they were convinced by something they had learned or heard, and 36% said they were persuaded by someone they had heard from. speak.
A quarter who had received the vaccine after initial hesitation said they were reassured to see others getting vaccinated without side effects. Many mentioned that their families and friends were getting vaccinated; a woman said she was convinced of the safety of the vaccine after President Joe Biden was vaccinated.
“I became convinced that some of the suspected side effects weren’t true,” a Colorado man, a 69-year-old political independent who initially said he would only get vaccinated if needed, told the Kaiser Family Foundation. .
Others who ultimately decided to get the vaccine cited pressure from family and friends (8%) or a desire to visit loved ones safely (3%).
One woman, a 42-year-old Republican from Indiana, told pollsters in January that she would definitely not get the shot. This summer, however, she said she had been vaccinated: “My husband bugged me to get it and I gave in. “
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Comfort and referrals from doctors and healthcare providers also played a role (11%). A 28-year-old woman from Iowa said she initially stopped because she was concerned about getting the vaccine while breastfeeding, but heard from doctors that she would be able to give antibodies to her baby.
A few said they chose to be vaccinated because of restrictions on unvaccinated people – a man, for example, because he needed the vaccination to travel to the Bahamas.
About 56.2% of Americans 12 years of age or older had been fully vaccinated as of Monday, and vaccination rates remain dangerously low in states such as Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, which also experience some of the worst rates of daily cases of coronavirus in the country.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey, about one-fifth of adults who are still unvaccinated cited side effects as their main reason for not getting the vaccine. Others remained concerned about the safety of the vaccine or said they saw no benefit in getting the vaccine.
“My husband got the vaccine and all the side effects,” said a Californian, a 42-year-old Hispanic woman, who said she decided not to get the vaccine. “I cannot be sick, I am the rock of the family. “
Although the persuasive share of the public has declined since January, it has not disappeared. One-tenth of Americans still say they wait and see how the vaccine works for others before they make up their minds.
The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor surveyed 878 U.S. adults from June 15 to 23, using a nationally representative online panel. All respondents had already taken a survey in January. The margin of sampling error, including the design effect for the full sample, is plus or minus 4 percentage points for the June survey.