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.
The latest Kaiser poll of more than 1,500 adults was conducted from Sept. 13-22. It found that the largest remaining gap between the vaccinated and unvaccinated was along political party lines, with 90 percent of Democrats reporting they had received at least one dose, compared to 58 percent of Republicans. Sixty-eight percent of independents said they were at least partially vaccinated.
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.
Tomorrow, @POTUS heads to Chicago with a clear message: vaccine requirements work. Across the country, we’re seeing strong actions across industries for measures that keep workers safe from COVID-19. On this thread, I will outline just how effective these measures have been.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) September 28, 2021
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.
It’s great news that Pfizer submitted data on the covid vaccine in kids 5-12 to the FDA. I really hope that an EUA or approval goes through quickly.
Our kids are highly exposed at school and need to be protected. Plus, we can’t control covid without controlling covid in kids.
— Dr Ellie Murray, ScD (@EpiEllie) September 28, 2021
“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.”
‘The share of Hispanic adults in the U.S. who have received a vaccine surged in recent months to 73 percent — and now exceeds the vaccinated share of white adults (71 percent), according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.’ https://t.co/IpAwjCkzCh
— Lulu (@lourdesgnavarro) September 28, 2021