Across the 10 months of survey data collection, our community collection partners surveyed over 7000 community members. A few key findings stood out and stayed consistent across time:
- Barriers: Across all five cities, the most commonly reported barrier for unvaccinated respondents surveyed between July 2021 and April 2022 was being worried about getting sick or experiencing side effects from the vaccine.
- This has been the top barrier every month since the start of data collection (July 2021).
- Potential motivators: The most commonly reported potential motivator for unvaccinated respondents surveyed between July 2021 and April 2022 to get vaccinated was more time to wait and see whether the vaccine works. Fewer respondents said that other things might convince them to get vaccinated (such as vaccine requirements or seeing someone they trust get the vaccine).
- This has been the top potential motivator every month since the start of data collection (July 2021). We suspect that at least some respondents may have selected “more time to wait and see” as a way of saying they do not want to get the vaccine, at least not in the near term.
- This survey question also had a place where respondents could write in their own answers. Most of the write-ins were along the lines of “Nothing… never… more time…”
- Attitudes and Beliefs: Across all cities, a large share of unvaccinated respondents surveyed between July 2021 and April 2022, believed there was not enough information on how the vaccine might interact with other health conditions and that the vaccine was developed too quickly compared with other vaccines; over half of the respondents reported these beliefs.
- Additionally, a few unvaccinated respondents reported that they thought the vaccine was safe or effective across all cities and over time.
- Trusted Messengers: A small share of unvaccinated respondents surveyed between July 2021 and April 2022 reported having a great deal of trust in various “messengers” as sources of information about the vaccine. Less than one-third of unvaccinated respondents reported trusting each messenger.
- In contrast, a larger share of vaccinated respondents reported having a great deal of trust in various sources of information. For example, 41-62% of vaccinated respondents reported trusting their doctor or health care provider across the different cities (compared to 14-32% for unvaccinated respondents).
EVI Covid-19 Vaccination Pulse Survey Insights Report: July 2021 – April 2022Final Cumulative Findings: Learn how community members' attitudes, barriers, and motivators changed or stayed the same throughout the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative.Download PDF