National Poll on Healthy Aging Reveals Readiness of Older Adults for New COVID Boosters

Aug 10, 2022

New data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging conducted by the University of Michigan poll shows that 61% of people over 50 who have already gotten at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine are very likely to get an updated booster shot this fall when updated vaccines could become available across the United States.

The poll also finds that 68% of people over 65, as well as on Black adults over 50 and people with low incomes are very likely to get a COVID-19 booster this fall. Meanwhile, a lower percentage (55%) of people in the 50 to 64 age range with a past COVID-19 vaccine say they’re very likely to get a new booster.

In looking at what sways the decision to get boosters, the poll finds that 77% of older adults say their provider’s recommendation about COVID-19 vaccination is very or somewhat important to their decision to get vaccinated.

The percentage saying a provider’s recommendation was very important was highest for those over age 65 (56%) and those who are Black (79%), retired (56%) or have incomes under $30,000 (56%) compared with those of other racial and ethnic backgrounds, work statuses or income levels.

More information and data from the latest National Poll on Healthy Aging is available here.