After months of waiting for a vaccine for COVID-19, a majority of the public plans to get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to them. Still, some groups remain more hesitant than others.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans — 63% — said they will either "definitely" or "probably" get vaccinated, according to new data from the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, an alliance of organizations working to promote vaccine education.
Meanwhile, 24% said they would "probably not" or "definitely not" get the vaccine, with Black respondents most likely to say they would not get vaccinated.
Some consumers wary about vaccines
Getting total buy-in when it comes to taking any vaccine can be challenging. For example, a ValuePenguin study found that only half the country typically receives the flu vaccine.
When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines that are available, white respondents were most likely to want to move forward with getting vaccinated, according to the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project study. Among white respondents, 67% said they would "definitely" or "probably" get vaccinated.
People of color were less convinced that getting vaccinated is the way to go — at least right now. Among Latino respondents, only 58% said they would "definitely" or "probably" take a vaccine. Less than half of Black respondents — 42% — said they would "definitely" or "probably" get vaccinated. On the other hand, 25% of Black respondents said they would not receive the vaccine, compared to 15% of Latinos and 13% of white respondents.
Some people believe that a failure to get vaccinated should have broad repercussions. For example, an earlier survey by Arlington, Va.-based Eagle Hill Consulting found that nearly 1 in 2 workers believed that employers should require employees to get vaccinated.
Health care providers could influence vaccination decisions
Consumers who are uncertain about whether they will get vaccinated may be able to be convinced to do so. More than 1 in 2 — 51% — said their health care provider or pharmacist is one of the sources most likely to influence their decision of whether they ultimately get the COVID-19 vaccine or refuse it.
When it comes to who respondents would want to administer the vaccine, nearly two-thirds — 64% — said they would want to get the vaccine in their health care provider's office. That was followed by:
- A pharmacy (29% )
- A drive-thru vaccine clinic (20%)
- A grocery store pharmacy (13%)
Older respondents, in particular, favored getting vaccinated by their health care provider. In fact, 72% of those 65 and older said they wanted to get the vaccine at their health care provider's office, compared to 56% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34. The youngest respondents — those between 18 to 34 — were partial to getting vaccinated at a pharmacy, with 36% choosing that option.
Familiarity may also make a difference, as 61% of all respondents said they would rather get vaccinated by a health care provider they already know. Among respondents over the age of 65, nearly 3 in 4 — 74% — said they would prefer to receive the vaccine from a health care provider they are already familiar with.
Methodology: The COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project commissioned research firm ENGINE Insights to survey 1,002 adults (older than 18) between Dec. 18-20, 2020.