Travelers appear more willing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 than the general population, according to a new survey from Travel Leaders Network (TLN).
TLN surveyed its agencies' clients from Feb. 26 to March 2 and received 2,783 responses.
The survey found 44% of respondents had already been vaccinated, and another 41% planned to get vaccinated when eligible. Eight percent said they do not intend to get vaccinated, and 8% said they have not yet decided whether or not to take the vaccine.
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"This data is interesting because it suggests travel is a big factor in motivating many people, particularly seniors, who are the most at risk of serious illness or hospitalization from Covid-19, to get vaccinated," Travel Leaders Group president John Lovell said in a statement. "Compare this population, with a 44% already-vaccinated rate, to the general population, where only one in seven have already been vaccinated."
One-third of respondents said they have already booked their next vacation, while 24% said they are planning their next vacation; those already vaccinated, TLN said, were 20% more likely to already have a vacation booked. Three-quarters were planning on traveling in 2021, either this spring or summer (34%), this fall (23%) or during the year-end holidays (5%).
Whether a country requires travelers to be vaccinated appears to matter to travelers, based on the survey. TLN found that 62% of respondents would be much more likely or somewhat more likely to visit a country if it requires visitors to be vaccinated. Among the population of respondents already vaccinated, 66% said they would be much more likely or somewhat more likely to visit such a country.