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You Say You’re Vaccinated? I Don’t Believe You!

Written by Laurie Tarkan, Senior Editor at Buoy Health

UpdatedFebruary 22, 2024

Love thy neighbor, perhaps, but most Americans don’t trust them when it comes to their COVID vaccine status.

Buoy’s latest survey found that more than two thirds (67.2%) of respondents said they did not trust people to be honest about being vaccinated.

Women, who are often viewed as being more trusting of others, were far less likely to believe someone’s vaccine status than men. Nearly 74% of women said they did not trust others to tell the truth about their vaccination status, compared to 60% of men.

The survey polled 1,500 Americans ages 18 and older.

As far as trust in our countrymen, geography did not seem to play much of a factor. Still, Northeasterners and Westerners were slightly more trusting than people from the Midwest and South.

Across age groups, people were equally suspect of others, but older adults, 65 and older, were the most trusting of all age groups. Older adults are also the most fully vaccinated group.

Despite most Americans doubting one another’s truthfulness, many do not feel they should have to prove they’ve been vaccinated. Only 53% of people responding to a Morning Consult survey said they would support a requirement that vaccinated people carry some form of certification with them.

Believing others or not, there is one truth that we can all have faith in: 70% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine or get any questions answered at Buoy Health.