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Updated COVID-19 vaccinations study: December survey results just announced!

Throughout the pandemic, NRC Health has continued to gather feedback from consumers across the country on various COVID-19–related topics. NRC Health’s ongoing study is the largest healthcare-consumer study in the United States, gathering feedback from tens of thousands of consumers every month.

In this updated infogram, we now have the December data available. Full details are outlined below, in addition to comparing the results seen from the previously released October and November data in which we assessed how people felt about receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

In December, more than 32,000 people across the United States provided their feedback. As the COVID-19 vaccination process continues to roll out across the country, we’re seeing that people’s willingness to get the vaccine is moving in a positive direction: the percentage of people who said they would receive the vaccine as soon as they could has jumped from 29% in November to 37.8% in December. That’s an increase of 8.8% in a month—and up 11.8% from October (26%). Meanwhile, those who say they will never get the vaccine has remained right around 14% for each of the last three months; those who say they will wait to get the vaccine has dropped by 6% this month; and those who said they are “not sure” has seen its first drop of 3.1% (from 25.3% to 22.2%). Taken collectively, these represent the kinds of shifts that healthcare experts would like to see.

Receive Vaccination:

  • 37.8% of consumers say they will get the vaccine as soon as they can
    • ↑8.8% from November (↑11.8% from October to December)
  • 25.8% will wait to get the vaccine
    • ↓6.0% from November (↓8.7% from October to December)
  • 22.2% are not sure if they will get the vaccine
    • ↓3.1% from November
  • 14.2% say they will never get the vaccine

This month, we also saw a shift in what concerns people most about the vaccine—an especially important point for hospitals and health systems to understand, in the interest of better educating and reassuring these groups. American consumers have said that they trust local hospitals and health systems more than they trust anyone else to handle the COVID-19 pandemic—and so it is up to these healthcare providers to ensure that their communities are well informed.

Previously, respondents’ main concern had been that the vaccine’s development was rushed, resulting in the vaccine being released before it was ready. As more and more people across the nation receive the vaccine, we are now seeing more people accepting the vaccine’s effectiveness, but expressing concerns about its side effects. It is important to note, in this connection, that there is still a significant percentage of Americans who fear that the vaccine will give them COVID-19—an unfounded fear. (According to the CDC, “None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.”1) Another fact worth noting is that 11.9% of Americans are concerned that the vaccine will be too expensive for them to afford. Again, this is a misconception that must be combated with education. Here’s what the CDC says about the cost of the vaccine: “Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost… No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee.”2

Concerns:

  • 51.6% worry about the side effects of the vaccine
    • ↑3.5% from November
  • 39.9% worry that the vaccine has been rushed and released before it is ready
    • ↓9.3% from November
  • 13.5% fear that they will get COVID-19 from the vaccine
    • 18.5% of those who are “not sure” about receiving the vaccine express this concern
    • 22.0% of those who will never receive the vaccine express this concern
  • 11.9% are worried about the cost of the vaccine
    • 12.6% of those who are “not sure” about receiving the vaccine express this concern

 The detailed insights showcased in NRC Health’s COVID-19 survey results can be broken out nationally, by state and even by age or race.

As the vaccination-distribution process continues to roll out across the United States, NRC Health will continue to track the feelings of the American people on this momentous issue.


SOURCES
1 Posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), January 4, 2021, Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines.
2 Posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), January 15, 2021, Frequently Asked Questions aout COVID-19 Vaccination.