Most Hispanic Adults Lean Towards Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine, But Many Younger Adults are Hesitant

A new analysis of the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey data found that most Hispanic adults across the country would like to get a COVID-19 vaccine at some point, although younger adults are more reluctant, in part due to lower confidence in its safety and effectiveness is.

Overall, a quarter (26%) of Hispanic adults say they will get a COVID-19 vaccine “as soon as possible” and another 43% say “wait until it's available for a while to see how he works others' before you get it. Fewer say that they will only receive a vaccine "if it is necessary for work, school or other activities" (11%) or that they "definitely will not" receive the vaccine (18%).

Additionally, a quarter (26%) of Hispanic adults say they will definitely or probably not receive the vaccine, similar to the national average (27%), while some of the most vaccine-reluctant groups are black adults (35%). , Rural residents (35%) and Republicans (42%).

The data shows a wide range of ages, with Hispanic adults under 50 years of age twice as likely to say they “definitely won't get” the vaccine than older Hispanic adults (22% and 11%, respectively). In addition, nearly one in five (18%) Hispanic basic laborers (who also tend to be younger) say they "would definitely not get a vaccine," which is a potential problem for vaccination efforts as they have to work outside of their homes and are more likely to have interactions with other people.

The age difference reflects different attitudes towards a COVID-19 vaccine.

Older Hispanic adults are more likely than younger ones to be more confident that a vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective (73% versus 56%). In addition, two-thirds of older Hispanic adults say getting a COVID-19 vaccine "is part of everyone's responsibility to protect the health of others", while younger ones say 48% (48%) say "a personal choice" (50%).

These results suggest that younger Hispanic adults may need reassurance about vaccination safety and may be more receptive to news about how vaccinations would protect themselves and get their lives back to normal than about its impact on the wider community. Similar to the general public, a large majority of Hispanic adults say they would trust their own doctor's or health care provider's vaccine information (75%). Most also say they got information from the CDC (71%), the FDA (66%), their local health department (65%), from Dr. Anthony Fauci (62%) and President-elect Joe Biden (58%) would trust. .

Many Hispanic adults also face additional barriers to vaccination, such as: For example, a lack of health insurance or a common source of care, lack of information about free vaccine vaccination, and logistical obstacles such as limited transportation.

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