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KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: In Their Own Words, Six Months Later

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"When the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll at the start of the year and asked American adults whether they planned to get vaccinated, 23 percent said no.But a significant portion of that group — about one quarter of it — has since decided to receive a shot. The Kaiser pollsters recently followed up and asked these converts what led them to change their minds. The answers are important, because they offer insight into how the millions of still unvaccinated Americans might be persuaded to get shots, too.This report features a second round of interviews with a nationally representative sample of adults six months after they first shared their vaccine intentions in January to assess whether or not they got a COVID-19 vaccine, the reasons behind their choice, and how they feel about their decision."

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The three themes What helps move people from vaccine skeptical to vaccinated? The Kaiser polls point to three main themes.(The themes apply to both the 23 percent of people who said they would not get a shot, as well as to the 28 percent who described their attitude in January as "wait and see." About half of the "wait and see" group has since gotten a shot.)

1. Seeing that millions of other Americans have been safely vaccinated. A poll of vaccine skeptics by Echelon Insights, a Republican firm, points to a similar conclusion. One of the most persuasive messages, the skeptics said, was hearing that people have been getting the vaccine for months and it is "working very well without any major issues."

2. Hearing pro-vaccine messages from doctors, friends and relatives.

For many people who got vaccinated, messages from politicians, national experts and the mass media were persuasive. But many other Americans especially those without a college degree don't trust mainstream institutions. For them, hearing directly from people they know can have a bigger impact."Hearing from experts," as Mollyann Brodie, who oversees the Kaiser polls, told me, "isn't the same as watching those around you or in your house actually go through the vaccination process."

3. Learning that not being vaccinated will prevent people from doing some things.

There is now a roiling debate over vaccine mandates, with some hospitals, colleges, cruise-ship companies and others implementing them and some state legislators trying to ban mandates. The Kaiser poll suggests that these requirements can influence a meaningful number of skeptics to get shots, sometimes just for logistical reasons.

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