Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Americans are on board with coronavirus booster shots

Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The vast majority of Americans who are already vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated say they're likely to get a coronavirus booster shot, according to The Harris Poll.

But, but, but: More than half of respondents also said the need for boosters has impacted their confidence in the vaccine they've already received — further evidence that the Delta variant has delayed our return to normal life.

Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

What they found: People of color and younger Americans are particularly likely to say that the Biden administration's booster shot recommendation impacted their confidence in the vaccine they already received.

  • Half of vaccinated white respondents said their confidence had been impacted, compared with two-thirds of Black and Asian/Pacific Islander respondents and 60% of Hispanic respondents.
  • 68% of Gen Z respondents said their confidence had been impacted, a contrast with the 42% of Boomers who said the same.
  • A higher share of older generations also said they're likely to get a booster shot compared with younger ones.

Between the lines: Harris didn't ask unvaccinated adults whether the booster recommendation undermined their confidence in the vaccines, but there's been some concern that it could discourage vaccine holdouts from getting their shot.

  • That would be a problem. Experts are divided on how warranted booster shots are for most Americans, but everyone thinks that persuading more people to get the first round of vaccines should be a top priority.
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