The survey revealed that only 23 percent of Americans will "definitely" get the new COVID-19 booster shot, while 33 percent said they "definitely" don’t plan to do so. Meanwhile, another 23 percent said that they will probably get the new booster while 19 percent said they likely will not.
These numbers come from the latest installment of the COVID-19 Vaccine Monitoring poll that was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at KFF.
The survey was conducted from Sept. 6 to 13 among a nationally representative sample of 1,296 adults. It offers one of the first looks at what uptake of the new COVID-19 shots might look like in the United States.
Back in May, only 17 percent of Americans reportedly chose to get the bivalent booster. This implies that the COVID-19 panic has significantly decreased and adults in the U.S. are no longer interested in updating their booster shots.
At the same time, several top-down COVID-19 vaccine mandates had been dropped early this year. This implies that many Americans only took the vaccines because they were pressured to do so. Given a choice, they likely would have decided against it. (Related: Florida becomes first state to officially advise against new COVID-19 boosters.)
A different KFF study revealed that more than 50 percent of American parents said that they won’t get the newest COVID-19 vaccine for their children.
Researchers reported that six out of 10 parents of teenagers (those between the ages of 12 and 17), and two-thirds of parents of children ages five to 11 (64 percent) and children ages six months to four years old (66 percent) are not keen on having their children vaccinated.
This is completely fine and logical because several studies have already confirmed that children have a low risk of severe COVID-19.
The reports concerning the lack of interest in updated COVID-19 booster shots come after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new COVID-19 injections earlier this month. Officials insist that the new vaccines will be effective against BA.2.86, the most recently observed coronavirus strain.
This isn't the first time that Americans have expressed serious skepticism about the COVID-19 shots. The vaccines' failure to provide lasting protection, inability to stop transmission and adverse side effects, which include death, are not helping win people over either.
Many Americans are still worried that the vaccines have not been sufficiently studied because of accelerated clinical trials, while others have ethical reservations about the use of cells from aborted babies in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
On the other hand, there are those who consider the vaccines and booster shots unnecessary because of COVID-19's high survivability among most age groups, the low risk of asymptomatic spread, and the many studies which show that post-infection natural immunity protects against reinfection.
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