The Delta variant was the main reason people chose to get the Covid-19 vaccine this summer, and why most say they were, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest monthly vaccination cessation survey, published on Released Tuesday morning, boosters can be obtained if they are eligible. However, the survey found that nearly three-quarters of unvaccinated Americans see boosters very differently, saying the need for them shows the vaccines aren’t working.
This gap suggests that while it can be relatively easy to convince vaccinated people to line up for an extra vaccination, the need for boosters can complicate efforts by health officials to convince the remaining unvaccinated people to get their first vaccination obtain.
Another excerpt from the Kaiser Family Foundation survey: For all of the carrots that dangled to get reluctant people to get Covid vaccinations – cash, donuts, racetrack privileges – there is more credit for the recent surge in vaccinations. Almost 40 percent of newly vaccinated people said they had looked for the vaccines because of the increase in Covid cases, more than a third said they were alarmed by the overcrowding of local hospitals and rising death rates.
“When a theoretical threat becomes a clear and present threat, people are more likely to act to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Drew Altman, executive director of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The nationwide representative survey of 1,519 people was conducted September 13-22 – at a time of rising Covid deaths but before the government approved boosters for the millions of high-risk people who had received the Pfizer BioNTech injection, including the 65 and over and adults of all ages whose job puts them at high risk of infection.
Sweeteners played some role in getting shot in the arms. A third of respondents said they had vaccinated in order to travel or to attend events that required the vaccination.
Two reasons that were often cited as important in motivating those hesitant to get a vaccine – employer mandates (about 20 percent) and full federal approval for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine (15 percent) – had less of an impact.
72 percent of adults in the survey said they were at least partially vaccinated, up from 67 percent at the end of July. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are even higher, reporting that 77 percent of the adult population in the United States have received at least one injection. The biggest change this month was in vaccination rates for Latinos, up from 12 percentage points since late July to 73 percent in the number of Latino adults who received at least one vaccination.
As the racial vaccination gap narrowed, the political divide has grown by far widest: 90 percent of Democrats say they received at least one dose, compared with 58 percent of Republicans.
About eight in ten adults said they believed Covid is now an integral part of the health landscape, possibly due to pandemic fatigue. Only 14 percent said they thought “it is largely eliminated in the US, like polio”.