Boosters Prove Vaccines Don't Work: Survey

The divide in attitudes on COVID-19 vaccines stateside between people who’ve gotten or not gotten the shots hasn’t changed with the introduction of booster shots.

In fact, a new survey shows vaccinated people holding to their beliefs that the third dose approved by U.S. regulators last week constitute proof the vaccines don't work.

Nearly 80% of vaccinated respondents see booster shots as a good sign, where 71% of the unvaccinated are convinced the shots don't work.

Those still yet to receive a shot are among the "strongest holdouts," Hamel said, adding that the unvaccinated are more likely to believe the severity of the pandemic has been exaggerated, are less worried about getting sick, and have viewed the safety and efficacy of the vaccines differently compared to those who are vaccinated.

Kaiser surveyed 1,519 randomly selected adults from Sept. 13 through Sept. 22, after the Biden administration announced plans to roll out booster doses to all Americans, but before federal health officials recommended boosters for people 65 and older and those at high risk of illness.

The split in attitudes toward vaccines more broadly continues to be a largely partisan one, the survey data shows, with 90% of respondents who are Democrats saying they have received at least one vaccine dose compared with 58% of Republicans.