More Gay and Lesbian People are Vaccinated than Straight People, CDC Finds

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02/07/2022

Gay and lesbian adults in the U.S. have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine at a higher rate than their straight counterparts, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, which collected data from more than 150,000 respondents, gay men and lesbians over the age of 18 were vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at a rate of 85.4 percent compared to 76.3 percent of their heterosexual counterparts. Of gay men and lesbians, the former were more likely to be vaccinated, with 89 percent of gay men having the vaccine compared to 81 percent of lesbians. This higher rate reflects more confidence in the vaccines, as 76 percent of gay and lesbian adults stated they were either completely or very confident in the vaccine’s effectiveness, compared with 64 percent of straight respondents. 87 percent of bisexual adults believed getting the vaccine was somewhat or very important, compared to 90 percent of gay men and lesbians.

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