Does The Public Want To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine? When?

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

Intentions
  • Vaccine Uptake Among 12-17 Year-Olds Has Slowed As About Half Of Parents Say Their Teenager Has Already Gotten At Least One Dose Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

    The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor suggests uptake among teenagers appears to have stalled over the past two months, with about half (49%) of parents of children ages 12 to 17 saying their teen has gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 and just 1% say they plan to do so “right away,” shares that have held relatively steady since September. Notably, three in ten parents say they will definitely not get their 12-17 year-old vaccinated for COVID-19, while a further 4% say they will only get their teen vaccinated if they are required to do so for school. While the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor indicates a slowing down of vaccine uptake among teens, the survey was conducted prior to the emergence of the omicron COVID-19 variant and as more information emerges on the potential impact of this new variant on children, parents’ attitudes towards vaccinating their teenagers and younger children for COVID-19 may change.

  • About Three In Ten Parents Say Their 5-11 Year-Old Has Already Received The COVID-19 Vaccine Or Will Do So Right Away

    With the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recently authorized for children between the ages 5 and 11, 16% of parents with children in this age group say their child has gotten vaccinated, and an additional 13% say they plan to get them vaccinated “right away.” Notably, about a third of parents of children ages 5 to 11 say they want to wait and see how the vaccine is working for others before getting their younger child vaccinated. About three in ten parents say they will definitely not get their younger child vaccinated, and a further 7% say they will only do so if their school requires it

  • In Their Own Words: Vast Majorities Of Those Who Wanted To Get Vaccinated ASAP Have Received Vaccine, As Have Slightly More Than Half Of Those Who Wanted To "Wait And See"

    Six months after being initially interviewed, the latest Monitor report recontacted individuals and found the vast majority (92%) of those who planned to get vaccinated “as soon as possible” in early 2021 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as have slightly more than half (54%) of individuals who had previously said they wanted to “wait and see” before getting vaccinated. On the other hand, a majority (76%) of people who had previously said they would “only get vaccinated if required” or said they would “definitely not” get a COVID-19 vaccine remain unvaccinated.

  • In Their Own Words: Most Vaccine Behaviors Match What People Planned To Do Six Months Ago; One In Five Were Either Vaccine Hesitant Or Resistant And Have Gotten Vaccinated

    Half of those who are currently vaccinated had reported back in January that they either had already received a dose or were planning on getting vaccinated as soon as possible. An additional one in five adults (21%) are now vaccinated after saying in January they planned on waiting to get vaccinated, would only get it if required, or would definitely not get vaccinated. One-third of adults remain unvaccinated after either planning to get it as soon as possible or were going to wait and see back in January (17%) or had said they were only going to get vaccinated if required or were definitely not getting a COVID-19 vaccine (16%).

Target Population Groups
  • Increase In COVID-19 Vaccine Enthusiasm Slows Across Racial And Ethnic Group

  • Democrats Remain Most Enthusiastic About COVID-19 Vaccine

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

messages and information
  • Nearly Eight In Ten Believe Or Are Unsure About At Least One Common Falsehood About COVID-19 Or The Vaccine

    Belief or uncertainty about COVID-19 misinformation is widespread, with nearly eight in ten adults saying they have heard at least one of eight different pieces of misinformation and either believe them to be true or are not sure whether they are true or false.

  • One-Third Believe Or Are Unsure About Four Or More False Statements About COVID-19

    One-third of adults (32%) say they have heard at least four false statements about COVID-19 and believe them to be true or are uncertain if they’re true or false. The shares who believe a large number of false statements are highest among unvaccinated adults, Republicans, and those living in rural areas.

  • Larger Shares Of Parents Of Teens Say Schools Are Providing Them With Information About COVID-19 Vaccines, Encouraging Vaccinations, And Asking About Vaccine Status Than In July

    Among parents of children ages 12-17 who were eligible for vaccination over the summer, the shares who say their child’s school provided information on COVID-19 vaccines, encouraged vaccination, or asked about their child’s vaccination status have all increased since July (from 42% to 52%, 40% to 51%, and 11% to 25%, respectively).

  • Larger Shares Of Parents Who Say Their Child's School Has Encouraged Vaccinating Children Against COVID-19 Have Gotten Their Children Vaccinated

    Parents who say their school has encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated are more likely to say their child has indeed gotten vaccinated when compared to parents whose child’s school has not encouraged vaccination. Among parents of 12-17 year-olds whose school encouraged vaccination, 60% say their teen has already gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to four in ten (42%) of parent who say their teen’s school did not encourage vaccination. Similarly, parents of 5-11 year-olds who say their school encouraged them to get their child vaccinated are four times as likely to say their younger child has already gotten the COVID-19 vaccine than those who say their school did not encourage vaccination.

Messengers
Concerns or Barriers
experiences
  • Majority Of Adults Now Say They Feel Frustrated About Status Of COVID-19 Vaccinations, Smaller Shares Are Optimistic Than They Were Back in January

    With reports of breakthrough cases, vaccine resistance, and upcoming winter surges, the American public is now more negative about the status of COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. than they were at the beginning of the year – before people were eligible to receive shots. Feeling “frustrated” is now the most common emotion with more than half of adults (58%) say it describes how they feel about the current status of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country. And while two-thirds of the country felt “optimistic” back in January 2021, this has decreased to 48% this month and now a larger share of the public (31%) report feeling “angry” (compared to 23% back in January). A quarter of the public remain “confused” and four in ten say they are “satisfied.”

  • More Than A Third Of Unvaccinated Workers Say They Would Leave Their Job If Their Employer Required Vaccination Or Testing, Rising To Seven In Ten If No Testing Option Was Available

    When unvaccinated workers are asked what they would do if their employer required them to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, 11% say they would be most likely to get the vaccine, a plurality (46%) say they would opt for weekly testing, and over a third (37%) say they would be likely to leave their job. Among all adults, this translates to 1% who would get the vaccine if faced with an employer mandate and 5% who say they would leave their job. However, if their employer did not offer an option for weekly tested, the share of unvaccinated workers who say they would get the vaccine increases to 17% (2% of all adults) and the share saying they would leave their job increases to 72% (9% of all adults).

 

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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