About two-thirds of adults in the United States do not plan to receive updated COVID-19 booster shots soon, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a health policy nonprofit.
Only one-third of adults surveyed said they have already received up-to-date vaccinations or plan to get a booster as soon as possible, the found survey.
About 18% said they would wait and see if they would get the new booster shot, while 10% said they would only get it if needed. About 12% of adults surveyed said they definitely would not get the vaccine, while 27% said they were not eligible because they were not fully vaccinated.
About 7.6 million people received the updated vaccines in the first four weeks since the boosters became available, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Thursday. That represents about 3.5% of the 215.5 million people in the United States age 12 and older who are eligible to receive the vaccines because they have completed their primary vaccination series.
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Last month, the Food and Drug Administration authorized reformulated versions of vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Inc. that are intended to protect against omicron subvariants.
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The reformulated injections target both the original strain of the coronavirus and the omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants that many are contracting.
The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey found that awareness of updated boosters was relatively modest, with about half of adults saying they had heard “a lot” (17%) or “somewhat” (33). %) on the new vaccines.
Additionally, about 40% of fully vaccinated adults said they were unsure whether new COVID-19 boosters are recommended for them. The CDC recommended that everyone 12 years of age and older receive the reformulated COVID-19 booster at least two months after receiving the full vaccine.
For the survey, KFF surveyed 1,534 adults from September 15 to 26.
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Reuters contributed to this report.