From ACHI: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Declines but Concerns Remain
Survey data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation between March 15 and March 22 indicates a positive shift in COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among Americans but also includes some concerning trends among more vaccine-hesitant populations, writes ACHI Policy Analyst Elizabeth Montgomery in a recent blog post.
The survey of 1,862 adults found that 32% of respondents reported having already received the vaccine, up 14% from February. Additionally, 17% of respondents reported taking a “wait and see” approach before deciding whether to take the vaccine, a 5% decrease from February. Fifty-five percent of Black adults reported having already received or planning to receive the vaccine, up 14% from February. Sixty-one percent of Hispanic adults reported having already received or planning to receive the vaccine, an increase of 9% from February.
The data unfortunately showed little change among more vaccine-hesitant respondents, including those who reported they would take the vaccine “only if required” and those who would “definitely not” take the vaccine. Since the Kaiser Family Foundation began fielding the survey in December 2020, the percentage of total respondents reporting they would “definitely not” receive the vaccine has remained steady, ranging between 13% and 15%.