Weekly / January 20, 2023 / 72(3);73–75
Alyssa H. Sinclair, MA1; Morgan K. Taylor, MA1; Joshua S. Weitz, PhD2,3,4; Stephen J. Beckett, PhD2; Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin, PhD1 (VIEW AUTHOR AFFILIATIONS)
What is already known about this topic?
Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines increase protection against infection and severe disease. However, few eligible U.S. residents have received a bivalent booster dose, and factors underlying low coverage are unclear.
What is added by this report?
An online opt-in survey of 1,200 previously vaccinated U.S. residents found that the most common reasons for not getting a bivalent booster dose were lack of awareness about eligibility or availability and overconfidence in immunity; reasons varied by age group.
What are the implications for public health practice?
All eligible adults should receive a bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine. To help increase bivalent booster dose coverage, health care and public health professionals should use evidence-based strategies to inform persons about booster vaccine recommendations and waning immunity.