What’s Driving New Uptick in Vaccinations? New Poll Says Fear of Dying Is the Top Motivator

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77.1 percent of adults in the U.S. have now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. The surge in Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant, reports of overburdened hospitals, and having a personal connection to someone who became very ill or who died of the virus were the biggest motivators for recent vaccinations, according to a new poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Seventy-two percent of adults in the poll reported they were at least partially vaccinated, up from 67 percent of adults who were polled in late July. Self-reported vaccination rates increased the most for Latino adults, and among adults ages 18-29.

Among adults who have received their Covid vaccinations since June 1, 39 percent cited the highly transmissible Delta variant as a major reason, 38 percent cited hospitals filling up and 36 percent cited knowing someone who was seriously ill or who died.

“Nothing motivates people to get vaccinated quite like the impact of seeing a family member, friend or neighbor die or become seriously ill with Covid-19, or to worry that your hospital might not be able to save your life if you need it,” Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman said in a press release. “When a theoretical threat becomes a clear and present danger, people are more likely to act to protect themselves and their loved ones.”


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