That would make Catholics the most vaccinated religious group in the U.S.
The new Pew Research Center survey finds that 78% of U.S. adults say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including 73% who say they are fully vaccinated – having received either two Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one Johnson & Johnson. Among fully vaccinated adults, 66% say they’ve received an additional COVID-19 “booster shot” within the past six months (this group makes up 48% of all U.S. adults). When it comes to the decision to get a vaccine:
- Democrats and those who lean to the Democratic Party are much more likely than Republicans and Republican leaners to say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (90% vs. 64%).
- Among fully vaccinated adults, partisan differences persist for booster shots: 73% of fully vaccinated Democrats say they’ve gotten a COVID-19 booster shot within the last six months, compared with 55% of fully vaccinated Republicans.
Among Republicans, the decision to get a vaccine, as well as broader views on the outbreak, differ across key demographics and characteristics. For instance, age and education strongly shape the vaccine decision among Republicans:
- Eight-in-ten Republicans ages 65 and older (80%) have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Lower shares of Republicans ages 50 to 64 (62%), 30 to 49 (57%) and 18 to 29 (52%) say the same.
- Republicans with a postgraduate degree are 24 points more likely than those with a high school diploma or less education to have received a COVID-19 vaccine (81% vs. 57%). These differences are more modest among Democrats.
With vaccines widely available, businesses and institutions are grappling with whether to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to participate in a range of activities. The survey finds:
- A majority of Americans (58%) favor requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for air travel. By relatively narrow margins, more favor than oppose vaccine requirements to go to a sporting event or concert (53% to 46%) and to attend public colleges and universities in person (52% to 47%).
- There is less support for vaccine requirements for more routine activities: 53% oppose a vaccine requirement for eating in a restaurant, and 59% oppose requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for shopping in stores and businesses.
And there’s this:
White evangelical Protestants continue to be less likely than other major religious groups to say they have gotten vaccinated for COVID-19. About six-in-ten White evangelical Protestants (62%) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 77% of White non-evangelical Protestants, 80% of religiously unaffiliated adults and 85% of Catholics.