Insight Into the Unvaccinated Population—and How to Move the Needle

A majority of U.S. adults have received a COVID-19 vaccine as of June 25, 2021, with 53.8 having gotten at least one dose and 45.7% being fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker

Researchers are examining why a substantial number of the U.S. adults have not received a vaccine and do not plan to do so. The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor from the Kaiser Foundation recently released insights into the demographics of the currently unvaccinated population as well as their views of vaccines and the pandemic.

Those who say they want to “wait and see" before getting vaccinated (12% of all adults) look very different from the most vaccine-resistant group, those who say they will “definitely not” get a COVID-19 vaccine (about 13% of U.S. adults). Of the “wait and see” unvaccinated respondents, analysis revealed:

  • One third (33%) are concerned they may have to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine.
    • 4 in 10 of the “wait and see” population make less than $40k.
  • A little more than one third (37%) are concerned they won’t be able to get the vaccine from a place they trust.
  • Almost half (46%) said they would be more likely to get vaccinated if the vaccine was offered to them at a place they normally go for health care. This was the top way to incentivize this group to get the vaccine, followed by getting full FDA approval for the vaccine (44%).

Vanderbilt Health is making it easy for anyone age 12 and over—even if they're not a Vanderbilt patient—to get a free COVID-19 vaccine at a number of convenient locations. Share this site with any of your employees still in the "wait and see" camp to encourage them to go ahead and take their shot.