A majority of U.S. adults will not get the updated COVID-19 booster shots soon, according to a new survey.
Just 5 percent of those surveyed said they've already received a booster and 27 percent said they will get one as soon as possible.
The rest said they will wait and see, only get one if required, definitely not get one, or cannot get one because they have not received a primary series.
Updated BoostersThe updated boosters are made by Moderna and Pfizer. The old boosters, which are no longer available, only contained the Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus. The new ones add a spike protein component with elements of BA.4 and BA.5 to the Wuhan component, making it a bivalent.
Approximately 7.5 million of the bivalent shots have been administered through Sept. 29, according to the CDC. Before the rollout, the CDC said that some 209 million Americans were eligible to get an updated booster.
Little KnowledgeMany adults know little about the new boosters, including 66 percent of adults aged 18 to 29, according to the Kaiser survey.
Half of adults said they know a little or nothing at all about them, with older Americans being most likely to answer they know some or a lot.
Democrats were most likely to say they knew some or a lot, while Republicans were least likely and independents were in the middle, when the results were broken down by party affiliation. That pattern also manifested when people answered about their intention or opposition to getting a booster. A fifth of Republican respondents said they definitely will not get an updated booster, versus 8 percent of independents and 6 percent of Democrats.
Further, the vaccinated were more likely to answer they knew some or a lot, though 19 percent of unvaccinated persons said they knew a lot, compared to 16 percent of the vaccinated respondents.