Two-thirds of Americans are not yet planning to re-vaccinate against COVID-19
According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), about two-thirds of American adults have no immediate plans to re-vaccinate against COVID-19.
According to pollsters, only one-third of respondents said they had either already received the updated boosters or were planning to get a booster shot again in the near future.
Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, updated to prevent infection with the currently circulating Omicron coronavirus sub strain as well as against the original strain, were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late last month.
About 18% said they would wait and think about whether they should get the booster shot, and 10% allowed that they would only get it if necessary. About 12% of adults surveyed said they definitely would not get vaccinated, and another 27% said they could not booster because they had not been fully vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released Thursday, about 7.6 million people received updated boosters in the first four weeks after they were approved. That represents about 3.5 percent of the 215.5 million Americans ages 12 and older eligible to receive the booster because they were previously vaccinated.
Awareness of the new vaccines is low, with only half of adults surveyed saying they had heard anything about revaccination, according to the Kaiser survey.
In addition, about 40% of fully vaccinated adults said they weren’t sure if the new COVID-19 boosters were recommended. The CDC recommends that all fully vaccinated people age 12 and older be vaccinated.