LOS ANGELES, California: A survey conducted by health policy nonprofit organization Kaiser Family Foundation reported that some two-thirds of American adults in the U.S. do not plan on receiving an updated COVID-19 booster shot.
The survey, which polled 1,534 adults from 16th to 26th September, also found that only one-third of those polled said they have already received a booster or plan to get one as soon as possible.
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines updated to target the Omicron variant of COVID-19, as well as the original strain.
Some 18 percent of the survey's respondents said they will wait and see before deciding whether to be vaccinated with the new booster, 10 percent said they will only get the booster if required, some 12 percent said they would definitely not get the booster, and 27 percent said they were not eligible because they were not fully vaccinated.
According to the Kaiser survey, awareness about the new vaccines remains low, with only half of adults saying they had any knowledge about it, while some 40 percent of fully vaccinated adults said they were unsure if the new boosters are recommended for them.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has recommended the shots for all fully vaccinated people aged 12 and older.