Editor’s note: Roy Eduardo Kokoyachuk is co-founder and principal of Los Angeles-based research firm ThinkNow.

In March 2021, when the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination effort was ramping up, we published a report measuring national attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccine and differences in vaccine acceptance by ethnicity. At that time, Asian Americans were most likely to say they would get the vaccine, while Black Americans were least likely. Hispanic Americans were nearly as likely as Asian Americans to say they would get vaccinated but were lagging behind other groups in actually getting vaccinated at that time. 

Now that we have a few months of mass vaccinations behind us, we thought it would be interesting to compare previously stated vaccination intent to actual vaccination rates (Figure 1). 

Source: ThinkNow: COVID-19 Vaccine Report March 2021, U.S. Census Bureau: Annual Estimates of 12 years and over Population 2019, CDC: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccination-demographic June 9, 2021

The gap between wanting a vaccine and getting one varies considerably by race. The fact that white Americans are more likely to be vaccinated than Hispanic Americans, even though they’re less likely to want a vaccine, is troubling. Eighty-six percent of white Americans who said they wanted a vaccine in March 2021 had at least one dose by June, whereas only 69% of Hispanic Americans who stated they wanted a vaccine in March had been able to get one. 

Black Americans had a lower interest in getting vaccinated in the spring and, at 45%, have the lowest vaccination rate of any group. However, 76% of Black Americans who wanted to get vaccinated were able to achieve that goal. Asian Americans are leading the way in both a desire to get vaccinated and doing so, but they too are behind white Americans in that only 78% of Asian Americans who wanted a vaccine got one. 

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