Round two-thirds of adults in the USA aren’t planning to get the up to date COVID-19 booster pictures quickly, based on a survey carried out by the Kaiser Household Basis (KFF), a well being coverage nonprofit group.
Solely a 3rd of adults polled mentioned they both already acquired the up to date pictures or plan to get the booster as quickly as attainable, the poll found.
About 18% mentioned they’d wait and see whether or not they would get the brand new booster shot, whereas 10% mentioned they’d solely get it if it was required. About 12% of adults surveyed mentioned they’d undoubtedly not get the shot, whereas 27% mentioned they weren’t eligible as a result of they weren’t absolutely vaccinated.
About 7.6 million folks acquired the up to date pictures over the primary 4 weeks the boosters have been accessible, based on U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) knowledge launched on Thursday. That represents about 3.5% of the 215.5 million folks in the USA aged 12 or older who’re eligible to obtain the pictures as a result of they’ve accomplished their main vaccination collection.
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Final month, the Meals and Drug Administration licensed reformulated variations of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Inc. vaccines that goal to guard in opposition to the omicron subvariants.
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The reformulated pictures goal each the unique pressure of the coronavirus and the omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants that many are catching.
The most recent KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey discovered that consciousness of the up to date boosters was comparatively modest, with about half of adults saying they’ve heard “a lot” (17%) or “some” (33%) in regards to the new pictures.
Moreover, round 40% of absolutely vaccinated adults mentioned they weren’t certain whether or not the brand new COVID-19 boosters are advisable for them. The CDC advisable that every one folks aged 12 and older get the reformulated COVID-19 booster at the very least two months after being absolutely vaccinated.
For the survey, KFF polled 1,534 adults from Sept. 15 to Sept. 26.
Reuters contributed to this report.