New poll finds more people of color are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine

A new poll shows that more people of color are now willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

News 12 Staff

Jun 2, 2021, 2:17 AM

Updated 1,056 days ago

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A new poll shows that more people of color are now willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The poll was conducted by the Newark nonprofit Project Ready, which advocates for social justice and racial equality in areas like health care and vaccinations.
“I think that it’s great that people of color are coming out more to get vaccinated,” says registered nurse Kedwina Remy.
Registered nurses who administer vaccines at the Edison mass vaccination site are both happy and relieved to hear more people of color are choosing to get inoculated.
“Most of my patients that were suffering a lot were my African Americans, my Hispanic community patients - so it is good that they are getting vaccinated. It is good that they are taking the initiative,” says registered nurse Chloe Williams.
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Efforts to battle vaccine hesitancy seem to be working, according to the poll. More than 1,200 New Jersey residents were questioned.
The study found 69% of Black voters would be willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when asked in May. That's compared to the 62% who were willing in February. The study also found that 83% of Hispanic voters say that they will get vaccinated, compared to 77% in February.
Credit is going to outreach efforts and education, building trust and comfort levels among minority groups. The concerns were side effects and distrust of the government. 
“I don’t think I have to convince them per se, but just relate to them my own experience and tell them this is what happens to me,” says Remy. “I feel like it’s a very good choice for me.”
But although more people say that they are willing to get the shot, vaccination rates continue to be lowest among communities of color.
Officials say that they will continue to educate the public about the vaccine, as well as hold mobile vaccine clinics. They say that bringing the shot into the community where people are more comfortable is beneficial.


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