In early March, just over half (52%) of healthcare workers said they had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine KFF / Washington Post National Poll by health workers.

Most of those who work in hospitals (66%) and outpatient departments (64%) report having received a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to half who work in doctor’s offices (52%) or in nursing homes or assisted care facilities ( 50%) work) and a quarter (26%) of those employed in home health care. Similarly, seven in ten (68%) of those responsible for diagnosing and treating patients, such as a doctor or nurse, say they have received a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with around four in ten people who have administrative responsibilities ( 44%) or assist with patient care such as bathing, eating, cleaning, sports and household chores (37%).

The results related to vaccination intentions come from a new KFF / Post partnership survey that looked at the experiences and attitudes of frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic The Washington Post and in a KFF report. More findings, focusing on the emotional, physical and economic toll the pandemic has caused on frontline health workers, will appear in future reports and reports.

The first results include:

  • The unvaccinated group of frontline health workers include some who are either planned to be vaccinated (3%) or who are planning to vaccinate but have not yet planned to vaccinate (15%). This includes 3 in 10 people who have either not decided whether to be vaccinated (12%) or do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine (18%).
  • A large majority of unvaccinated health care workers who either haven’t decided whether to get vaccinated or say they don’t plan to vaccinate say they are concerned about possible side effects (82%) and the novelty of the vaccine ( 81%). are important factors in your decision-making. These are the main concerns across the various demographics of unvaccinated health care workers, including black health care workers, Spanish health care workers and white health care workers.
  • Among the frontline health workers, half of black workers, 45% of uneducated workers, and four in ten Republican and Republican-centric workers say they are unsure about the safety and security of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the US Safety have been tested for effectiveness. Also, around 1 in 5 of these groups say they will definitely not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • An employer’s access to a COVID-19 vaccine is a key aspect of vaccination rates for frontline healthcare workers. 6 in 10 non-self-employed healthcare workers say they have offered or received a COVID-19 vaccine from their employer (including 84% of vaccinated healthcare workers). Given the overall vaccination rates among frontline health workers, the proportion of workers offered a COVID-19 vaccine by their employer was much lower among those working in patients’ homes (34%).

The project, the 35th KFF / The Washington Post Partnership Survey, includes interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,327 frontline healthcare workers (direct contact with patients and their body fluids) representing hospitals, doctor’s offices, outpatient departments, nursing homes and hospitals assisted care facilities and those who work in home health care. The sample includes workers involved in many and several different aspects of patient care, including patient diagnosis and treatment, administrative tasks and / or patient care assistance such as bathing, eating, cleaning, exercising, and housekeeping. The survey also included a comparative survey that allowed researchers to compare the group of frontline health workers with the general population, which included 971 U.S. adults who were not frontline health workers. The sample error rate for the frontline healthcare workers is 3 percentage points and the national comparative sample is 4 percentage points. Results based on subgroups may have a higher sampling error rate.