January 4, 2021

US public’s likelihood of getting COVID-19 vaccine

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

This study, led by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, analyzed biweekly nationally representative survey data to describe changes over time in the public’s likelihood of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Among 8,167 respondents, the likelihood of getting a COVID-19 vaccine declined from 74% in early April to 56% in early December, despite the early November reports of high vaccine efficacy for two vaccines in phase 3 trials, prior to Emergency Use Authorization.


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The significant declines were observed in both men and women and in all age, racial/ethnic, and educational subgroups.

The authors concluded that educational campaigns to raise the public’s willingness to consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are needed.

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