We’re very close to the Apocalypse now.
One-fifth of U.S. adults do not plan to get vaccinated, according to Friday’s Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Vaccine Monitor.
The May survey, which tracks the population’s progress and attitudes toward vaccinations for the Chinese coronavirus, found “steady progress” in the percentage of U.S. adults getting vaccinated, 62 percent of U.S. adults indicating they have received at least one virus shot — a six-point uptick from April’s survey. The percentage of those who say they will “wait and see” before getting a vaccine fell three points, going from 15 percent to 12 percent.
However, one in five Americans indicated they do not plan to get the vaccine. Of those, seven percent said they will only get it “if required,” and 13 percent said they will “definitely not” get vaccinated.
Some of the hesitancy could be contributed to a sense of uncertainty about Pfizer’s and Moderna’s significantly more popular yet non-traditional mRNA shots, which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describes as a “new type of vaccine” that effectively “teach[es] our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.”
The survey also found a drop in the share of those who intend to get a vaccine as soon as possible, “leaving a very small group that is ready to get vaccinated right away”:
While the share of U.S. adults who report receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has continued to climb from 56% in April to 62% in May, the share who say they intend to get the vaccine as soon as possible fell to just 4%, leaving a very small group that is ready to get vaccinated right away. At the same time, the share who say they want to “wait and see” before getting vaccinated inched downward from 15% to 12% over the past month, while the shares saying they will get a vaccine “only if required” for work or other activities, or will “definitely not” get vaccinated remain essentially unchanged since January.