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In early February TASH conducted a survey on vaccinations of all of our contacts as part of our #TASHcares project to raise vaccine awareness. The survey was brief, but addressed vaccination levels, attitudes, motivations and information sources. Over the course of a series of blog posts, we will share some of the results of that survey.
The first thing we wanted to know was people’s vaccination level. The survey was anonymous. Of 167 respondents, 81 percent have received three or more vaccine shots and 18 percent have received two or fewer, with 4.9 percent having not been vaccinated at all.
Since different people were on different vaccination schedules (the Janssen vaccine was a single shot primary series; people over 50 were encouraged to get an additional booster in early 2022), and it is difficult for respondents to remember how many shots they have had without their immunization record in front of them, the number of shots is ambiguous as to whether a person is “fully vaccinated”. So we also asked whether people had received the bivalent booster. 63 percent of respondents report having received the bivalent booster.
The bivalent booster is a single dose contains two vaccines in one: a booster for the initial COVID-19 strain, plus an additional vaccine for the omicron variant.
There are two conclusions from these survey responses:
- The majority of TASH contacts have been fully vaccinated (81% by the first question; 63% by the second question), which is great news!
- Among TASH contacts, there remains a not insignificant number of people (18% by the first question; 37% by the second question) who are not fully vaccinated that the #TASHcares project can reach.