KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor

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

Intentions
  • Democrats Remain Most Enthusiastic About COVID-19 Vaccine

    Among partisans, enthusiasm for getting the COVID-19 vaccine remains highest among Democrats but may have reached a plateau among this group. Eight in ten Democrats say they’ve already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or will get it as soon as possible, virtually unchanged from the share who said so last month (79%). Increasing enthusiasm among independents may also be slowing down, with six in ten (59%) now saying they’ve gotten at least one dose or will do so as soon as they can, similar to the 57% who said so in March.

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

    Enthusiasm for getting the COVID-19 vaccine has continued to inch upward across racial and ethnic groups, but at a slower pace than in previous months. About six in ten Black (59%) adults and two-thirds of Hispanic (64%) and White (66%) adults now say they’ve either gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or will get it as soon as they can. At the same time, Black and Hispanic adults remain somewhat more likely than White adults to say they want to “wait and see” before getting vaccinated (19%, 18%, and 13%, respectively).

  • Increase In Enthusiasm For Vaccine Has Slowed Among Rural And Urban Residents

    Looking at how the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is unfolding in communities across the U.S., the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor enthusiasm for the vaccine has slowed among rural residents with 55% saying they have already gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or want to get the vaccine as soon as possible, similar to the share who said the same in February and March. Vaccine enthusiasm has also slowed among urban residents with about two-thirds saying they have gotten the vaccine or want to get as soon as possible, similar to the share or urban residents who said the same in March.

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).

  • One In Five Essential Workers Say They Will Definitely Not Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

    This analysis of the March KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor examines the attitudes of those who identify as essential workers working outside their homes in non-health care settings. Despite many states prioritizing these workers during their vaccine rollouts, when compared to other employed adults these types of essential workers are less eager to get the vaccine right away, and a larger share express opposition to employer mandated vaccination.

Concerns or Barriers
messages and information
  • More Than Half Of The Public Believe Or Are Unsure About Some Common COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

    The April KFF Vaccine Monitor finds that a majority of adults (54%) either believe some common misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines or are unsure whether these things are true or false. About one in four believe or are unsure whether you can get COVID-19 from the vaccine and one in five believe or are unsure whether those who have already had COVID-19 should not get vaccinated, whether the vaccines contain fetal cells, have been shown to cause infertility, or that the vaccine can change your DNA. Among younger adults ages 18 to 29, four in ten (42%) say they have heard that the COVID-19 has been shown to cause infertility, and about one in four either are unsure if that is true (22%) or believe that is true (5%).

  • Majorities Of Women, Independents, Republicans And Younger Adults Believe Or Are Unsure About At Least One Myth About The Vaccine

    A larger share of women (58%) than men (50%) believe or be unsure about at least one common myth surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. Likewise, younger adults are more likely than those 65 and older to believe or be unsure about a vaccine myth. Across partisans, majorities of Republicans (58%) and independents (56%) believe or are unsure about at least one vaccine myth, compared to a smaller share of Democrats (43%).

experiences
  • Doctor's Offices, Pharmacies Top Locations Where People Would Prefer To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

    With COVID-19 vaccines increasingly becoming available at different locations across the U.S., we examined which locations people say they’d be willing to visit to get a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the locations they would most prefer as vaccination sites. Individual doctor’s offices were at the top of both lists, but a range of locations were acceptable and preferred by different individuals

  • Growing Share Says They Have Enough Information About Where And When They Can Get Vaccinated

    The share of unvaccinated adults who say they have enough information about when they will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine increased from 53% in March to 69% in April, and the share who say they know enough about where they can get a vaccine increased from 67% to 78%. Still, that leaves one in five unvaccinated adults overall who say they don’t have enough information about where to get a COVID-19 vaccine and 26% who say they don’t have enough information about when they can get one.

 

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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