Vaccine hesitancy reduced to approximately 1/3 according to a recent vaccine poll

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 10:11 AM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky hosted a Zoom event to share the results of a recent vaccine poll. The new poll shows nearly 75 percent of Kentuckians have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The poll asked Kentuckians for their opinions on COVID-19 vaccines, mitigation efforts and public policies. The poll was given to 512 people by phone.

According to the poll, the foundation said the efforts have reduced vaccine hesitancy by approximately one third.

“So, that’s improvement, that means that a considerable number of Kentuckians have been persuaded to get the vaccine,” President and CEO Ben Chandler said.

Additionally, it said one in five unvaccinated people in the state are still open to getting the vaccine.

More than one third of people who have not gotten the vaccine yet said nothing will change their minds on the matter.

Kentuckians Split

The Vaccines in Kentucky Poll also showed Kentuckians are split when it comes to what precautions they are comfortable with to guard against the coronavirus – from wearing a mask to showing proof of vaccine to enter businesses.

Mask Wearing

  • One-in-three Kentuckians report always wearing a mask in an outdoor crowded public space, while one-third wear a mask sometimes or occasionally, and one-third never wear a mask.
  • More than a quarter of those who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine never wear a mask, while almost four-in-10 who have not gotten the vaccine never wear a mask.
  • Almost half of Kentuckians say they always wear a mask indoors in a crowded public space.
  • This includes almost half of those who have been vaccinated and more than one-third of those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • More than half of women report wearing a mask at all times in a crowded, indoor public space compared to just over one-in-three men.
  • Almost a quarter of those unvaccinated say they never wear a mask indoors in a crowded public space.

Showing Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

When it comes to showing proof of vaccination to enter a business, Kentuckians have different views based on the type of business.

  • Two-thirds think it’s a bad idea to require proof of vaccine to enter a grocery or retail store.
  • While slightly more than half think it’s a bad idea for restaurants and bars to require proof of vaccination, slightly more than half think it’s a good idea for sporting events and concerts to require people to show their vaccine cards.
  • There is more consensus when it comes to public transportation. Nearly two-thirds of Kentuckians think it’s a good idea to require proof of vaccination to board a plane or ride a train or bus.

Student Mandates

Kentuckians are split on whether children ages 12 and older should be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school in-person. However, two-thirds of people who live with children in their home think it’s a bad idea.

More than two-thirds of Kentuckians think it’s a good idea for schools to require unvaccinated children to wear masks at school. For those who have children living in their homes, that number drops just below two-thirds.

Overall, Kentuckians who are vaccinated trust the vaccine’s efficacy more than unvaccinated people.

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