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New Poll Shows Only 12% Of Utahns Say They Won’t Get COVID Vaccine

Feb 22, 2021, 5:37 AM | Updated: 5:56 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A new poll released Sunday shows how many Utahns are willing to roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine.

A Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters in Utah to gauge how they feel about getting the vaccine. Most are in favor – but not all.

Last week was a busy one for health departments across the state, and as of Sunday, more than 600,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered. That’s an increase of about 100,000 from a week prior.

According to the Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics survey, 25% of Utahns said they have already been vaccinated, and 35% said they wanted to be as soon as possible.

Twelve percent said they wanted to wait and see how it works first, 14% they were in no rush to get vaccinated, and another 12% said they would never get vaccinated.

When asked why they felt the way they did, a small percentage said they were worried about side effects, didn’t think the vaccine was necessary, or simply didn’t trust vaccines. However, most didn’t list a reason.

Finally, when asked if Utah’s vaccine distribution plan is fair, an overwhelming 80% of respondents answered “yes.” Nine percent said “no,” and 11% weren’t sure.

Promising data about the vaccine shows that one dose may be enough for people who have already had COVID-19.

“The data look really quite impressive that if you’ve been infected and then you get a single dose, the boost that you get with that single dose is really enormous,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Adviser, on Meet the Press.

It’s a positive development as the U.S. hits another grim milestone.

NBC News reported 500,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-10. That’s about the population of Atlanta or Sacramento.

It’s a grave reminder that the virus still poses a threat nationwide.

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New Poll Shows Only 12% Of Utahns Say They Won’t Get COVID Vaccine