About 6 in 10 Americans don’t know when or where to get a coronavirus vaccine, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds.
The report, based on surveys conducted from January 11 to 18 with 1,563 participants, also suggests Americans are experiencing a range of emotions as a result of the chaotic vaccine rollout. Half said they are “frustrated,” a third said they felt “confused,” and nearly a quarter are “angry.”
The Biden administration has been left with a huge challenge on vaccine administration. Most Americans don’t know when or where they can get a vaccine, including older Americans, who are already eligible to get a vaccine in a growing number of states,” KFF President and CEO Drew Altman said in a news release Friday. "Understandably large numbers of people are frustrated, angry and confused.”
The survey also found that 55% of essential workers they interviewed said they have enough information about where to get a vaccine, but do not have enough information to know when they will be eligible for their shots. Additionally, 21% of health care workers interviewed who have not yet gotten vaccinated said they don’t have enough information about how to obtain a coronavirus vaccine.
The report also found Black, Hispanic and lower income adults are among the groups least likely to say they have enough information about vaccines. At least 6 in 10 said they don’t have enough information about where to get vaccinated, and at least two-thirds said that they do not have enough information about when they can get vaccinated.
About half (48%) of the public expects vaccine distribution to “get better” under President Biden’s administration, while most others expect the situation to “stay about the same” (36%). Relatively few (12%) expect distribution to “get worse," the survey stated.
Regardless of personal politics most of the survey participants -- 60% -- rated their state government’s performance on vaccines as only fair or poor.