AMA survey: 96% of physicians fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Most practicing physicians in the United States who were surveyed reported being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with no significant differences in vaccination by gender, age or geographic location, according to the AMA.
The organization administered the survey from June 3 to 8. About 300 physicians responded to the survey; half of them were primary care physicians.
Although vaccination rates were mostly similar across various demographic groups, there was a significant difference between Hispanic and non-Hispanic respondents (84% vs. 97%).
Most physicians received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (64%), followed by the Moderna vaccine (34%) and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine (2%).
Of the 11 non-vaccinated physicians who participated in the survey, five said that they plan on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The AMA said that the most common reason for not being vaccinated was that the COVID-19 vaccine is “too new and has unknown long-term effects.”
With more than 96% of physicians reporting to be fully vaccinated, the data yield a 20% increase in vaccinated physicians compared with a poll conducted by Medscape last month, according to an AMA press release.
“Practicing physicians across the country are leading by example, with an amazing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines,” AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, said in the release. “Physicians and clinicians are uniquely positioned to listen to and validate patient concerns, and one of the most powerful anecdotes a physician can offer is that they themselves have been vaccinated.”
AMA. AMA survey shows over 96% of doctors fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Available at: https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/ama-survey-shows-over-96-doctors-fully-vaccinated-against-covid-19. Accessed June 11, 2021.
AMA. Physician COVID-19 vaccination study (final report). Available at: https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2021-06/physician-vaccination-study-topline-report.pdf. Accessed June 11, 2021.