WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of the public (63%) say they will “definitely” or “probably” get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to new survey data released today by the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project – a group of more than 100 leading organizations representing patients, caregivers and families, diverse communities, healthcare workers, older Americans, veterans, frontline workers, and scientists aimed at convening a dialogue around vaccine education.
The numbers of those indicating they would “definitely” or “probably” get vaccinated varied widely by race. While 67 percent of white respondents indicated they would get a vaccine, the numbers fell to 58% among Hispanic respondents and only 42% among Black respondents.
Commissioned by the Alliance for Aging Research – one of the three nonprofit organizations leading the project – the survey found the majority (51%) of respondents ranked their healthcare provider or pharmacist as one of the sources most likely to influence their decision to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents said they would prefer to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in their healthcare provider’s office.
“While we’re encouraged to see the majority of respondents planning to get vaccinated, we need to continue to educate about the safety of receiving COVID-19 vaccines from various healthcare professionals, including pharmacists in drug stores, supermarkets, and vaccine clinics,” said Susan Peschin, president and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research. “It is critical to our pursuit of health equity that all Americans have confidence in and access to COVID-19 vaccines.”
Overall survey responses provided important information about the factors influencing the likelihood to get vaccinated and where respondents prefer to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
Likelihood to be vaccinated
About a quarter (24%) of respondents said they would “probably not” or “definitely not” get a vaccine, with Black respondents more likely to say they would not receive the vaccine (25 percent), compared to Hispanic (15%) and white (13%) respondents. Respondents that said they will “probably not” get a vaccine also tend to be younger (13% ages 18-34, 14 percent ages 35-44).
Preferred location to be vaccinated
The survey asked respondents to select one or multiple locations where they would prefer to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The majority (64%) of respondents indicated they would prefer COVID-19 vaccination in their healthcare provider’s office, while 29% prefer a pharmacy, 20% a drive-thru vaccine clinic, and only 13 percent would like to receive the vaccine at a grocery store pharmacy.
A generational split is visible among these options. When asked about their top two considerations, older respondents were much more likely (72% ages 65 and older) to cite preference for receiving COVID-19 vaccines in their healthcare provider’s office, compared to over half (56%) of respondents ages 18-34. More than a third (36%) of those ages 18-34 prefer to be vaccinated at a pharmacy. In evaluating location preferences, nearly two-thirds (61%) of respondents said they would prefer to get vaccinated from a healthcare provider they know. This percentage was higher when looking at respondents over the age of 65 (74%).
Additional factors driving the location where respondents would like to receive the vaccine included the ability to get the vaccine quickly or not have to wait in line (45 percent) and a location close to home (41%).