PPIC Releases Poll Results on Californians’ Views of the COVID-19 Vaccine

This week, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released results of a statewide survey that sought to gauge public sentiment toward receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Overall, PPIC found that four in 10 Californians (39 percent) report that they have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. One in four (26 percent) say they will get the vaccine as soon as it is available, and 15 percent say they will get it either in a few weeks (six percent) or a few months (nine percent) after it is available. One in five Californians are more hesitant, saying either they would wait a year or more after it is available (seven percent) or would not receive the vaccine altogether (12 percent).

PPIC additionally explored survey responses by race and ethnicity, finding that three in 10 African Americans in California said they would either wait a year or more (11 percent) or that they would not receive the vaccine altogether (18 percent), making this group the most likely race/ethnic group to hold this view toward COVID-19 vaccines. PPIC also determined vaccine hesitancy is not uniform throughout the state with residents in the Central Valley, Inland Impire, and Southern California more likely than those in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Areas to express vaccine hesitancy. A significantly higher number of Republicans indicated vaccine hesitancy compared to independents or Democrats.

The full PPIC survey and its findings are available here.