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Covid Vaccine Uptake Rising but Less Adults Eager to Get the Jab

May 28, 2021, 8:23 PM

More than 60% of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and overall rates could reach 70% in the next couple of months, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Vaccine uptake was 62% in May, up from 56% in April, the KFF found in a report released Friday. The share of those who said they would “wait and see” how the vaccine works for other people decreased from 15% to 12% of U.S. adults.

The findings show that more people are getting vaccinated as access improves and health providers offer more incentives. Yet, it also shows that there are fewer unvaccinated people eager to get the shot.

The most notable increase in vaccination rates between April and May was among people without college degrees (48% to 55%) and Hispanic adults (47% to 57%)

Small financial incentives and paid time off to get vaccinated and recover from side effects are so far the best avenues to inoculate more adults, according to the report. Full Food and Drug Administration approval of one or more Covid-19 vaccines could further boost uptake, it said.

The findings also suggest that incentives and travel assistance could play a role in decreasing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in vaccination rates.

Larger shares of Black and Hispanic adults say they’re more likely to get a vaccine if Uber, Lyft, or other ride-hailing companies offered them free transportation. Fewer White adults wanted those perks, according to the study.

The KFF also found that 43% of adults say that new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the type of activities vaccinated people can do—including ditching their masks in most settings—is “confusing and hard to follow.”

Just over half, 54%, say the guidelines are “clear and easy to understand.”

A report from the CDC, also released Friday, found that as of May 1, vaccination rates among adults were lower when they lived in counties with low socioeconomic status and among people who live in households with children, single parents, and those with disabilities.

To vaccinate more people in the U.S, the CDC suggests increasing outreach efforts, expanding and tailoring public health messaging to local populations, and increasing vaccination access in low-income counties.

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