US distribution of the vaccine in the weeks that followed initial rollout was anything but smooth, with vaccine shortages around the world, confusion around US distribution plans that vary state by state and challenges with registration systems. Those frustrating realities dampened the hopes of participants (491 planners and 219 suppliers) in this latest survey, conducted in late January. In December, 66 percent of planners said that news about vaccines had changed their thinking about what might be possible. January’s headlines caused it to drop to 60 percent. Supplier responses took more of a dip: 74 percent in December against 63 percent in January.
There were six percent fewer planners in January who described feeling hopeful: 48 percent against 54 percent in December. Slightly more planners reported feeling anxious about the future: 35 percent against 31 percent in December.
Writing “Frustrated by the slow recovery and rollout of the vaccine,” one supplier spoke for many. But suppliers seemed to be faring better mentally in January than their planner colleagues, and feeling better than in December. Seven percent fewer suppliers this time around were feeling anxious (30 percent against 37 percent) and only 13 percent said they were exhausted and burned out, compared to 24 percent who said that in December. Additionally, sixteen percent of suppliers against ten percent in the last survey said they were feeling inspired and creative, and 27 percent against twenty percent in December described their frame of mind as “determined”.
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