May 14, 2021 - Health

Unvaccinated Hispanic Americans are more likely to say they want a shot ASAP

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Data: Kaiser Family Foundation; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Hispanic Americans are more likely than Black or white Americans to say, if unvaccinated, they want to get a shot as soon as possible, per new KFF polling.

Why it matters: The disproportionate level of vaccine enthusiasm among those who aren't yet vaccinated suggests that Hispanics may be facing additional access issues.

By the numbers: 47% of Hispanic respondents said they've already received at least one dose, compared to 60% of white adults.

  • But among those who haven't, a third of Hispanics say they want to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Only 16% of white adults and 17% of Black adults say the same.
  • Only 17% of Hispanics said they definitely don't plan to get vaccinated, compared to 34% of unvaccinated white respondents.

Between the lines: Unvaccinated Hispanic adults are more likely than white adults to report being concerned about missing work due to vaccine side effects, having to pay out of pocket for the vaccine, or not being able to get the vaccine from a place they trust.

  • These access-related concerns are even greater among Hispanics who are lower-income, uninsured and potentially undocumented.

The bottom line: Access issues can be addressed by good public policy. And removing access issues for people willing to be vaccinated will be key to this next phase of the U.S. effort.

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