KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor

An ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Intentions
  • Republicans Remain More Likely To Say “Definitely Not” To COVID-19 Vaccination

    While enthusiasm for getting the COVID-19 vaccine continues to inch up across partisan groups, a persistent divide remains, with about eight in ten Democrats (79%), almost six in ten independents (57%), and fewer than half of Republicans (46%) saying they have either received at least one dose of the vaccine or intend to do so as soon as possible.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Enthusiasm Continues To Increase Across Racial And Ethnic Groups

    Enthusiasm for getting the COVID-19 vaccine continues to grow among people across racial and ethnic backgrounds, with the largest increase this month among Black adults. Over half of Black adults (55%) now say they’ve either gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or will get it as soon as they can, up from 41% in February and approaching the shares among Hispanic adults (61%) and White adults (64%).

  • Rural Vaccine Uptake May Soon Lag Behind Urban And Suburban Residents

    The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor took a deep dive into how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted rural communities in the U.S. including finding four in ten (39%) rural residents saying they have already gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, larger than the shares of adults living in urban or suburban areas who say the same (31% each).

Distribution
  • Majorities Across Partisans Are Confident COVID-19 Vaccines Are Being Distributed Fairly In The U.S.

    The January KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds majorities across partisanship are confident that currently the vaccines being distributed in the U.S. are being done fairly.

  • Majorities Say They Don't Have Enough Information About When And Where To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

    Most U.S. adults who have not yet gotten vaccinated (94% of all adults) say they do not have enough information about when and where to get a COVID-19 vaccine once they are eligible. This includes six in ten Black and Hispanic adults who say they don't have enough information about where to get the vaccine.

Messengers
Target Population Groups
  • Confidence That The Vaccines Were Adequately Tested Among Their Race And Ethnic Groups Is Related To Vaccine Intentions

    Confidence in adequate testing among one’s own racial or ethnic group is related to vaccine intentions and enthusiasm among Black and Hispanic adults. Those who are at least somewhat confident that the vaccines have been adequately tested for safety and effectiveness among their own racial or ethnic group are about twice as likely to say they’ve already been vaccinated or want the vaccine as soon as they can get it compared to those who are not confident (58% vs. 24% among Black adults, 63% vs. 30% among Hispanic adults).

  • Half Of Older Adults Have Already Been Vaccinated For COVID-19 Or Have Made An Appointment; One In Six Have Tried And Been Unable To Get A Vaccine Appointment

    Among adults ages 65 and over, almost two-thirds (64%) say they’ve gotten at least one dose of the vaccine (up from 44% last month) and another 7% have scheduled an appointment to get vaccinated. Just 7% say they tried but were unable to get an appointment (down from 16% last month). The share of older adults who report receiving at least a first dose of the vaccine is somewhat higher among those ages 75 and over (72%) and college graduates (77%).

messages
  • Most Convincing Messages To Get Vaccinated Emphasize Effectiveness, Protection From Illness, And Return To Normal Life

    The latest COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor tested different messages and information that might make people more likely to get vaccinated for COVID-19, and found that the messages the public finds the most convincing emphasize the vaccine’s effectiveness, protection from illness, and the ability to return to normal life.

  • Some Say Hearing About Rare Allergic Reactions And Short-Term Side Effects Would Make Them Less Likely To Get Vaccinated

    The Vaccine Monitor finds some messaging or information may make the public less eager to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, 39% of those who have not yet been vaccinated say that hearing that “a small number of people have experienced a serious allergic reaction” to the vaccine would make them less likely to get vaccinated, and 33% say the same after hearing that some-people experience “short-term side effects like pain or fever.”

  • One-Third Of The Unvaccinated Believe Or Are Unsure About Some Common COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

    The Vaccine Monitor also reports that some of those who have not yet been vaccinated have heard misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines and either believe it to be true or are unsure whether it is true or false. Overall, 34% of those who have not been vaccinated say they either believe or unsure if the COVID-19 vaccine contains live virus, the vaccine may cause infertility, or that you have to pay in order to get vaccinated.

  • Those In “Wait And See” And “Definitely Not” Groups Are More Likely To Believe Or Be Unsure About COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

    The share who believe or are unsure about at least one of these vaccine “myths” (that the vaccine contains the live coronavirus, that it causes infertility, or that an out-of-pocket cost is required to get vaccinated) is higher among those who want to “wait and see” how the vaccine works for other people (41%) and those who say they will “definitely not” get vaccinated (53%).

experiences

 

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. Using a combination of surveys and qualitative research, the Monitor tracks the dynamic nature of public opinion as vaccine development and distribution unfold, including vaccine confidence and acceptance, information needs, trusted messengers and messages, as well as the public’s experiences with vaccination. A list of all Vaccine Monitor reports is available here.

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