Ninety-two percent of respondents to a new survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation have received at least COVID-19 vaccine dose.
The research, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, surveyed more than 15,000 adults through the Community Marketing & Insights 15th annual LGBTQ Community Survey, according to a press release by the HRC Foundation.
Vaccination rates do vary within the LGBTQ+ community, according to the survey results, but the rates were still higher than the general population.
“We are encouraged to see evidence that suggests such a strong majority of the LGBTQ+ community who responded to the survey have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The science is clear: vaccines are our way forward and out of this pandemic,” said Jay Brown, HRC Foundation’s senior vice president of program, research, and training.
Almost 60 percent of respondents said that COVID-19 had made them feel socially isolated and 50 percent said that it had impacted their mental health. The pandemic also led to both social and financial loss. The HRC Foundation notes this is especially true among LGBTQ+ people of color.
Compared to white respondents, both Latinx and Black respondents reported higher levels of loss to the disease. They were also more likely to have a negative financial impact due to COVID-19 and the pandemic.
“There are many reasons why LGBTQ+ vaccination rates may be higher than the general population, including higher percentages of the LGBTQ+ community being liberal, living in blue states, and living in urban areas,” said David Paisley, CMI senior director of research.
“While participants had strong education levels, those with no more than a high school diploma still had an 87 percent vaccination rate,” Paisley continued. “We also see that COVID isolation significantly impacted LGBTQ+ people, which may have motivated quick vaccination to reenter the community.”