Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are far more likely than vaccinated people to contract the coronavirus and to be hospitalized and die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even so, a recent Pew Research Center survey finds they are less likely to be concerned about the health effects of the virus and to report wearing masks in stores or other businesses all or most of the time in the past month.

The lower levels of concern that unvaccinated adults express about the coronavirus outbreak are evident in a variety of questions in the Center’s survey, which was conducted Aug. 23 to 29. For example, adults who are not vaccinated are about half as likely as those who have received at least one vaccine dose to see COVID-19 as a major threat to the health of the U.S. population (37 percent vs. 70 percent) and 14 percentage points less likely to see it as a major threat to their own personal health (21 percent vs. 35 percent).

Similarly, unvaccinated adults are less likely than those who have received at least one vaccine dose (32 percent vs. 50 percent) to say they are very or somewhat concerned about getting the virus and requiring hospitalization.

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