Secret vaxxers: These Americans are getting COVID vaccinations but not telling anyone

By: Nathan Bomey | USA Today | Sep 2, 2021

Call them secretly pro-vaxxers.

They’re getting COVID-19 vaccinations but not telling their anti-vaxxer friends, family or colleagues, fearing alienation from the people around them.

About 1 in 6 vaccinated Americans say they’re keeping it a secret from at least some people, while more than 1 in 17 aren’t telling anyone, according to a Harris Poll survey conducted exclusively for USA TODAY.

In many cases, vaccinated people hide it because they know people in their life wouldn’t approve.

Such is the case for William, a manufacturing employee in Maine who got vaccinated but isn’t revealing it at work. His boss has argued, falsely, that the COVID vaccines were “experimental,” claimed incorrectly that they were “rushed” and mentioned bogus conspiracy theories that the shots were being used to install tracking chips in people.

The truth is that the three authorized vaccines, which received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration after a rigorous testing process involving tens of thousands of patients, showed they were safe and effective. One, made by Pfizer-BioNTech, has now received full FDA approval and the rest are likely to receive the same approval soon.

Laboratory and real-world testing have concluded they are all safe, do an excellent job at preventing infection and, when a “breakthrough” case occurs, they are highly effective at preventing the symptoms from becoming severe.