Study: 6 in 10 Americans Don’t Know Where or When to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

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January 22, 2021 Topic: Public Health Region: Americas Blog Brand: Coronavirus Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19VaccineAmericasVaccination

Study: 6 in 10 Americans Don’t Know Where or When to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Clearly, a better distribution plan along with a better public information campaign is needed.

Roughly six in ten Americans do not know when or where to get a potentially life-saving coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

While older Americans already have been deemed to be a high-priority group for getting a vaccine, the report revealed that most people aged sixty-five and older say that they do not have enough information about when (58 percent) and where (59 percent) they can get inoculated.

As for essential workers—another high-priority group—most say that they have enough information about where to get a vaccine (55 percent) but are largely confused about when they will be able to get vaccinated (55 percent).

This data includes some health care workers who have not yet received their shot, and 21 percent were found to not have enough information about when they will be able to get vaccinated.

The eye-opening survey results come after reports that President Joe Biden’s administration must largely start from scratch with federal plans for nationwide vaccine distribution.

“The Biden administration has been left with a huge challenge on vaccine administration,” KFF President and CEO Drew Altman said in a statement.

“Most Americans don’t know when or where they can get a vaccine, including older Americans who are already eligible to get a vaccine in a growing number of states.”

The report—which was based on surveys conducted from January 11 to 18 with more than fifteen hundred adults—further revealed that half of those surveyed say they are “frustrated,” a third said they feel “confused,” and nearly a quarter are “angry” with the vaccine rollout.

Overall, in spite of the distribution issues, two-thirds of those surveyed remain “optimistic” about vaccinations in the country.

Black and Hispanic adults, as well as low-income households, are among the groups that are least likely to say they have enough vaccine information. Within each group, at least two-thirds say that they do not have enough information about when they can get inoculated, and roughly 60 percent say they don’t have enough information regarding where to get vaccinated.

As for the federal government’s vaccine distribution efforts, 65 percent of adults responded that they would rate it as “fair” or “poor.”

The report also found that there was a significant gap in how partisans grade the federal government’s performance. Republicans were discovered to be more than twice as likely as Democrats to say the government is doing an “excellent” or “good” job—43 percent versus 17 percent. And Democrats are much more likely than Republicans to give negative marks—80 percent versus 46 percent.

Independents fall in the middle with two-thirds giving the federal government negative marks.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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