KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: September 2022


Key Findings

  • The brand new, up to date, bivalent COVID-19 boosters are actually accessible to be used, however the newest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey finds that consciousness of the up to date boosters is comparatively modest, with about half of adults saying they’ve heard “quite a bit” (17%) or “some” (33%) in regards to the new photographs. A couple of third of all adults (32%) say they’ve already gotten a brand new booster dose or intend to get one “as quickly as attainable.”
  • Intention is considerably greater amongst older adults, one of many teams most in danger for severe issues of a coronavirus an infection. Virtually half (45%) of adults ages 65 and older say they’ve gotten the bivalent booster or intend to get it “as quickly as attainable.”
  • About one in 5 (19%) mother and father of youngsters ages 6 months by way of 4 years previous say their little one has gotten vaccinated for COVID-19, up from 7% in July. The September Monitor survey finds about half (53%) of oldsters of youngsters on this age vary say they are going to “positively not” get their little one vaccinated for COVID-19. Reported vaccine uptake amongst youngsters ages 5-11 and youngsters ages 12-17 has slowed in current months. Virtually half of oldsters of youngsters ages 5-11 now report their little one has gotten vaccinated (46%), as do 62% of oldsters of teenagers ages 12-17.

COVID-19 Vaccination Charges And New COVID-19 Boosters

Total grownup vaccination charges have been comparatively regular over the previous yr. The most recent COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that just about eight in ten adults (77%) say they’ve gotten no less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, together with about half who say they’re absolutely vaccinated and in addition obtained no less than one booster dose (47%), a couple of quarter who’ve been absolutely vaccinated however haven’t gotten a booster (26%), and a small share who’re partially vaccinated (3%). Twenty-three % stay unvaccinated, the overwhelming majority of whom say they are going to “positively not” get the COVID-19 vaccine (88% of unvaccinated, or 21% of all adults). For the most recent breakdown of self-reported vaccination charges by demographic group, see the Vaccine Monitor Dashboard.

In late August, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the usage of new, up to date COVID-19 vaccine boosters that focus on each the brand new omicron variants and the unique pressure of the virus. The bivalent boosters (one by Moderna and one by Pfizer) are actually approved to be used by these ages 12 and older who’ve gotten an preliminary sequence of a COVID-19 vaccine, together with those that have already obtained a number of boosters.

Consciousness of the brand new boosters is modest, with about half of adults saying they’ve heard “quite a bit” (17%) or “some” (33%) about up to date booster, 31% saying they’ve heard “just a little,” and one in 5 saying they’ve heard “nothing in any respect” in regards to the new booster doses.

Older adults and Democrats are considerably extra probably than their counterparts to say they’ve heard no less than “some” in regards to the new boosters, however fewer than 1 / 4 throughout these teams report listening to “quite a bit” in regards to the new photographs.

The CDC has recommended that every one adults get a bivalent COVID-19 booster no less than two months after they full their main vaccine sequence.

Among the many 73% of adults who obtained no less than a full preliminary COVID-19 vaccine sequence, about half (49%) acknowledge that the CDC presently recommends the booster for folks like them, whereas about one in ten (11%) say the brand new, up to date booster is just not beneficial for folks like them.

The CDC recommends the brand new booster for vaccinated adults of all ages, with a deal with vaccinating these ages 50 and older. Virtually six in ten absolutely vaccinated adults ages 65 and older (57%) know the brand new booster is beneficial for folks like them, as do about half (49%) of these ages 50-64. Youthful adults are much less sure, with 19% of absolutely vaccinated adults below ages 30 saying they don’t consider the brand new booster has been beneficial for his or her group and one other 43% saying they’re not sure.

4 in ten absolutely vaccinated adults say they aren’t positive if the CDC has beneficial that individuals like them get the bivalent booster, together with about half of absolutely vaccinated rural residents (54%), Hispanic adults (51%), and people and not using a school diploma (49%) who say they aren’t positive.

One-Third Of All Adults Intend To Get the New Booster As Quickly As Attainable, Rising To Half Of Older Adults

A couple of third of adults say they’ve both obtained the up to date bivalent COVID-19 booster dose (5%), which had been accessible for one to 2 weeks when the survey was within the subject or say they plan to get the brand new booster as quickly as attainable (27%). About one in 5 say they need to “wait and see” earlier than getting the brand new booster (18%), whereas 10% will get it “provided that required” and 12% say they are going to “positively not” get the up to date booster dose. Round 1 / 4 of adults are unvaccinated or solely partially vaccinated, and due to this fact not eligible for the brand new bivalent booster dose.

As with the preliminary vaccinations, older adults look like among the many earliest adopters of the brand new booster. Virtually half (45%) of adults ages 65 and older say they’ve gotten the brand new booster or need to get it as quickly as attainable. These older adults are among the many teams public well being officers are targeted on getting boosted sooner, as they’re extra vulnerable to severe issues from COVID-19.

The partisan divide additionally mirrors early COVID-19 vaccine uptake, with six in ten Democrats (60%) saying they’ve already gotten the shot or will get it as quickly as attainable in comparison with one in eight Republicans (13%). Notably, 20% of Republicans say they are going to “positively not” get the brand new COVID-19 booster dose, whereas an extra 38% of Republicans are unvaccinated or solely partially vaccinated and due to this fact not eligible for the brand new up to date COVID-19 booster dose.

Vaccination Charges for Youngsters

In July, the FDA granted emergency authorization for each the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to be used in youngsters ages 6 months by way of 4 years previous. The most recent KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey finds comparatively slower preliminary uptake for this group than for older youngsters for whom the COVID-19 vaccine was approved final yr.

About one in 5 (19%) mother and father of youngsters ages 6 months by way of 4 years previous now say their little one has gotten vaccinated for COVID-19, up from 7% in July. Few remaining mother and father of youngsters on this age vary (6%) say they plan to vaccinate their youngsters “straight away,” whereas 14% say they need to “wait and see” and one other 8% of oldsters of younger youngsters will get them vaccinated “provided that required” for college or different actions.

The September Monitor survey finds about half (53%) of oldsters of youngsters ages 6 months by way of 4 years previous say they are going to “positively not” get their little one vaccinated for COVID-19. The share who say they are going to “positively not” get their younger little one vaccinated for COVID-19 has elevated from surveys taken earlier this yr, when the vaccines weren’t but accessible.

Reported vaccine uptake amongst youngsters ages 5-11 has slowed barely in current months. Virtually half of oldsters of youngsters ages 5-11 now report their little one has gotten vaccinated (46%), persevering with to tick up from earlier within the yr. Simply 2% of oldsters now say they are going to get their little one vaccinated straight away, and one other 9% of oldsters of 5-11 year-olds nonetheless need to “wait and see.”

The share who say they are going to get their 5-11 year-old vaccinated “provided that required” (8%) or will “positively not” get them vaccinated (35%) has held regular over the previous few months.

Dad and mom’ intentions to vaccinate their older youngsters have remained comparatively regular because the begin of the yr. Virtually six in ten mother and father of youngsters, ages 12-17, say their little one has been vaccinated (62%), with only a few mother and father who say they need to “wait and see” earlier than deciding (2%). Round three in ten mother and father of 12-17 year-olds say they are going to positively not get their little one vaccinated (31%) whereas an extra 5% say they are going to solely accomplish that if they’re required.

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