November 24, 2020 -- A new poll of older adults indicates that that there is some hesitancy among the group when asked if they would get an effective COVID-19 vaccine.
According to results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging from the University of Michigan, 58% of adults ages 50 to 80 said that they are somewhat likely or very likely to get vaccinated to prevent COVID-19. However, when asked about how quickly they would get a vaccine, only 20% said they wanted to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available, while 46% said they would rather wait for others to get vaccinated first before doing it themselves.
Generally, women, people of color, older individuals (50-64 years of age), and those with lower incomes and education levels were less likely to say they'd seek vaccination. Only 40% of older Black individuals and 51% of Hispanic individuals said they were somewhat or very likely to get vaccinated. Conversely, people over age 65, whites, men and those with higher levels of education were more likely to get vaccinated right away, or even participate in a vaccine trial.
Additionally, 80% of respondents said that they'll consider how well a vaccine works as part of making their vaccination decision. Reaching those who are unsure about getting vaccinated (14% unsure and 11% somewhat unlikely to get vaccinated) will be important for vaccine effectiveness.
Among other responses was that nearly three-quarters said they intended to vaccinate against the flu or had already done so. Almost half said it was more important to get a flu shot this year than previously. Nearly all respondents (93%) agreed it's important to prioritize giving COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk individuals.