Thinking Citizen Blog — Who wants to get vaccinated?
Thinking Citizen Blog — Thursday is Health, Health Care and Global Health Policy Day
Today’s Topic — Who wants to get vaccinated? Confidence fell from May to September but is rising again
I was recently shocked to learn that a survey of American nurses conducted in early October showed that only 34% would get vaccinated if their employer did not require it. So I decided to do a little more poking around and found out that the September Pew Research Survey of general American public opinion on the subject was that the percentage who would “definitely” get a vaccine had fallen in half between May and September — from 42% to 21%. If you count both “definitely” and “probably,” the percentage had fallen from 72% to 51%. The pattern of decline was visible across all political and ethnic groups. But then in the December, confidence bounced back. How fickle will opinion be in the future? Today, a few more details from the latest Pew Survey — on vaccination intentions, comfort levels with different activities, and mask usage. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
ASIANS, HISPANICS, WHITES, BLACKS: would probably or definitely get the vaccine
1. Asians: from 91% in May to 72% in September to 83% in December
2. Hispanics: 74% to 56% to 63%
3. Whites: 74% to 52% to 61%
4. Blacks: 54% to 32% to 42%
BY AGE GROUP: would probably or definitely get the vaccine
1. 65+: 84% in May to 58% in September to 75% in December
2. 18–29: 72% to 56% to 60%
3. 50–64: 68% to 48% to 55%
4. 30–49: 68% to 46% to 53%
COMFORT LEVELS WITH DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES
1. Going to the grocery store: 75%
2. Barber shop or hair salon: 53%
3. Eating out in a restaurant: 44%
NB: Mask usage: up from 53% to May to 91% in December.
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