Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

December 28, 2020

Older Adults’ Perspectives on a COVID-19 Vaccine



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In a nationally representative survey of 1,556 adults aged 50 to 80 years in the US (October 2020), 58% of older adults indicated they would be likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, 28% said they were unlikely, and 14% were either unsure or did not know if they would get vaccinated. Interest in getting a COVID-19 vaccine was more common among those aged 65 to 80 years (63%) compared with those aged 50 to 64 years (54%), more common among men (64%) compared with women (52%), and more common among white people (63%) compared with Hispanic (51%) and Black people (40%). Individuals who lived with other people, had higher household incomes, and had more education were also more likely to report they would get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Malani et al. (Dec 23, 2020). Older Adults’ Perspectives on a COVID-19 Vaccine. JAMA Heath Forum.