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Corona: Two-thirds of Americans are not planning a booster vaccination


The willingness to vaccinate with adapted vaccines against the omicron variant of the corona virus is low in the USA. Only a third have a positive attitude towards a booster vaccination.

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Corona vaccination in Tulsa in the US state of Oklahoma (2021)

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Around two-thirds of adults in the United States have no plans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus with an adapted booster vaccine.

That's according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a nonprofit US health policy organization.

1,534 adults took part in the survey between September 15 and 26.

Only a third of those surveyed said they had either already received the adapted booster shot or planned to get vaccinated as soon as possible, according to the survey.

The new vaccines from Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna, adapted to the omicron variant of the coronavirus, were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the end of August.

Around 18 percent of respondents said they would wait and see, while 10 percent said they would only get vaccinated if necessary.

About 12 percent said they definitely did not want to get vaccinated and 27 percent said they could not get boosters because they were not fully vaccinated.

Approximately 7.6 million people in the US were vaccinated in the first four weeks that the booster vaccine was available.

This comes from data from the US health authority CDC.

That equates to about 3.5 percent of the 215.5 million people ages 12 and older in the United States who can get the vaccine because they have completed their primary immunization course.

According to the KFF survey, only half of those questioned stated that they had heard a lot or something about the booster vaccination.

In addition, around 40 percent of fully vaccinated adults said they were unsure whether the new booster vaccine would be recommended for them.

The CDC recommendation applies to all fully vaccinated individuals aged 12 and over.

US President Joe Biden recently declared the corona pandemic over.


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-09-30

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