Delta variant and hospitalizations driving up vaccination rates, according to poll

(NBC News/WHEC) — An uptick in vaccinations can be attributed to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant, according to Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

Other motivators for the increased number of vaccinations also include reports of overburdened hospitals and having a personal connection to someone who either became very will or died of COVID-19.

The poll finds that more than seven in 10 adults in the U.S. are now a least partially vaccinated against the virus. The survey also reports that self-reported vaccination rates increased the most for Hispanic adults, rising 12 percentage points to 73% in September, and among adults ages 18 to 29, up 11 percentage points to 68%.

The poll data also shows that nearly six in 10 Americans support the new federal mandate on larger employers to require vaccinations or weekly testing for their workers. This can also lead to a further increase in vaccinated Americans.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 13-22 of more than 1,500 adults.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 77.1% of adults in the U.S. received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.