Religious Identities and the Race Against the Virus
Engaging Faith Communities on COVID-19 Vaccination
Published: March 22, 2021
As the U.S. navigates evolving dynamics related to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and access, there has been a dearth of hard data to understand the cultural dynamics of this problem, and even less rigorous data available to understand how faith-based interventions might mitigate vaccine hesitancy and resistance. The PRRI–IA Religion and the Vaccine Survey, the largest study conducted to date (as of March 22, 2021) in this area, reveals that faith-based approaches supporting vaccine uptake can influence members of key hesitant groups to get vaccinated and thus can be a vital tool for the public health community as we work toward herd immunity.
What are key dividing factors in vaccine attitudes? Do Americans see a conflict between their religious beliefs and COVID-19 vaccination? Dive into the next two reports in the PRRI-IA survey series to find out.
Religion is a critical but often overlooked factor both for understanding the complexities of vaccine hesitancy and for developing strategies for winning the battle to overcome COVID-19 and its future variants.