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, 9:10 AM

Updated 1,051 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.
“When we look at people that weren’t likely to get vaccinated, they said the side effects were one of the reasons, and distrusting the government,” says Project Ready chief of staff Nayibe Capellan.
Efforts to battle concerns seem to be working, according to the poll. More than 1,200 New Jersey residents were questioned.
“We did see at the beginning of the pandemic, a disproportionate number of Black and brown people affected by COVID. So the fact that now we’re seeing a decrease in vaccine hesitancy, I think it’s a great thing,” Capellan says.
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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.
“They see their cousins and uncles and faith-based leaders and community leaders getting that shot in the arm. They were more likely to say, ‘Hey, I can do this too’ and get that shot in their arm as well,” Capellan says.
But although more people say that they are willing to get the shot, vaccination rates continue to be lowest among communities of color.
“I think we still need to continue our efforts until everyone that can get vaccinated has access to the vaccine,” Capellan says.
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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