The majority of respondents felt more positive about their personal outlook in early July, according to the Consumer Finance Institute’s (CFI) latest COVID-19 Survey of Consumers, which was administered on July 5‒16, 2021, as the ninth in CFI’s series on gauging how consumers are coping during the pandemic. That optimism came despite a rising share of respondents who are reluctant to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

According to the survey, 65.8 percent reported that they are fully vaccinated or had received at least one dose. About one in four respondents (25.6 percent) said they did not plan to get a shot, had not decided, or did not answer. This reluctance rate was up from the 19.5 percent rate when the survey was last conducted on April 5‒23.