HealthDay News – Two-thirds of US adults say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the results of a survey released August 6 by the COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States.

Roy H. Perlis, MD, from Harvard University in Boston, and colleagues conducted the seventh wave of a large, 50-state survey (June 10 to 26) to assess the likelihood of a person seeking a COVID-19 vaccination for themselves and for their children. The analysis included 19,058 individuals across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

According to the survey results, two-thirds of respondents would be somewhat or extremely likely to vaccinate themselves as well as their children. However, there was substantial variation between states, with rates less than 60% in 11 states and more than 70% in 11 states. The likelihood of seeking a vaccination also varied by racial and ethnic group (52% for African Americans, 67% for whites, 71% for Hispanics, and 77% for Asian Americans). Lower likelihood was also seen among those with lower levels of education and income (58% without a high school education vs 78% with a bachelor’s degree and 59% for income <$25,000 vs 78% for income >$100,000).

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“These results suggest that, in designing public health strategies to increase vaccine acceptance, desire to protect others or follow medical advice may not be effective motivations for a majority of those not planning to seek vaccination,” the authors write.

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