Ocugen/Harris Poll Finds Americans Want More COVID-19 Vaccine Options

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MALVERN, PA — More than one year after the first COVID-19 vaccination was administered in the United States and more than 545 million doses later, new data from a survey conducted online by The Harris Poll February 3-7, 2022, among over 2,000 U.S. adults, on behalf of Ocugen, Inc., show a majority of Americans want more COVID-19 vaccines options to choose from. Nearly three-quarters of Americans (73%) would like to see additional vaccine options available that are developed from a more traditional method, such as those used for diphtheria, mumps, chickenpox, or polio, which have been used for decades in children and adults.

While the childhood vaccine discussion is ongoing, the survey showed that 38% of parents with children age 5 and under say they definitely/probably will not get their children vaccinated for COVID-19 with the existing vaccines if/when they are eligible.

“With the nation’s attention focused on the health and safety of children under 5 in the face of the pandemic, it’s important that we all keep in mind that nearly 2 in 5 parents with kids 5 and under say they will not get their kids vaccinated with the available vaccines,” said Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, Ocugen, Inc. “All safe and effective options should be considered to manage the pandemic.”

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • 41% of parents with children under age 18 who have not yet vaccinated their children for COVID-19, say they would be more likely to get their child vaccinated if there were a new vaccine that was more effective against multiple variants and emerging variants of concern
  • 70% of Americans believe it’s important for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • 75% of vaccinated Americans agree that if a COVID-19 booster is recommended every six months they will get it
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Survey Method: The survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Ocugen, Inc. from February 3-7, 2022, among 2,015 adults ages 18+.This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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