COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey Report #63: The Decision to Not Get Vaccinated, from the Perspective of the Unvaccinated   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the Document: "This report examines the decision to not get vaccinated (yet) from the perspective of the unvaccinated. That is, obviously, no one is avoiding vaccination because they do not value their health or the health of others. So: what are the primary reasons for the choice to not get vaccinated (yet), 'from the perspective of those not getting vaccinated?' In order to get at this critical issue, for the two waves of our survey conducted April through July, we included closed and open ended survey questions. We focus on 6 categories of answers that people might provide: [1] 'Life constraints' - For example, unable to get to a location to get vaccinated; employment circumstances do not permit taking time off to get the shot(s), or to accommodate side effects. [2] 'Perception of benefit' - Perception that COVID [coronavirus disease] does not pose a major risk to them. [3] 'Perception of risk' - Affirmative beliefs that the vaccine poses a health risk. [4] 'Uncertainty regarding the risks the vaccine poses' - In particular, because of the newness of the vaccines, faster-than-usual development times, and/or lack of testing. [5] 'Lack of trust in institutions' - That the various institutions attesting to the safety of the vaccines are not to be trusted. [6] 'Fear of needles' - That the respondent's fear of needles is deterring them from getting vaccinated. We discuss below the responses from the open-ended questions, and then turn to the closed-ended. The two types of data offer complementary advantages."

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The COVID States Project Report No. 63
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
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