Three in five vaccinated Americans say they would get a booster shot

Linley SandersSenior Data Journalist
July 26, 2021, 3:15 PM UTC

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, three in five vaccinated Americans (62%) say they would get a vaccine booster shot if it were available. The vaccinated public is embracing a booster shot even though health authorities have said it is too early to know whether an additional dose is necessary.

In a Yahoo News/YouGov poll of 1,715 U.S. adults, two-thirds of Americans (67%) are very or somewhat worried about the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading in the United States. Three-quarters of vaccinated adults (77%) are worried about the threat of the more transmissible Delta variant, compared to 28% of those who say they will not get vaccinated. 

The desire for a booster shot is highest among vaccinated adults who are worried about the Delta variant. Seven in 10 vaccinated adults who are worried about the variant (70%) say they would take a booster shot if it was available. Just two in five vaccinated adults who are not very worried or not worried at all about the COVID-19 strain (42%) would accept a booster shot.

Three-quarters of unvaccinated Americans (73%) say the spread of the more contagious Delta variant makes no difference in their desire to not get vaccinated. Most unvaccinated Americans (55%) also say that even if COVID cases (55%), hospitalizations (57%), or deaths (57%) started to rise among unvaccinated people in their area, that would make no difference in their willingness to get the shot. 

One-quarter of unvaccinated (27%) adults say that if the FDA gave full approval for the vaccines (rather than the current emergency approval), they would be more likely to get vaccinated. Most (55%), however, say that this would still not impact their view of vaccination. 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this Yahoo News/YouGov poll 

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Methodology: The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,715 U.S. adults interviewed online from July 13 to 15, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as 2020 presidential vote (or non-vote), and voter registration status. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all U.S. adults. The margin of error is approximately 2.7 percent. 

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