Policy & Research


COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Kansas Adults — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 5 (March 5, 2021)

By Emily Burgen, M.P.H., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | March 05, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Kansas Adults — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 5 (March 5, 2021)


Almost half (46.5 percent) of Kansas adults were uncertain about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. With Kansas in Phase 2 of the state COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it is important to understand who has already been or intends to be vaccinated, who is uncertain about it, and the reasons that might prevent people from getting vaccinated. Our latest issue of Pulse on Kansas describes the self-reported intentions of Kansans about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and leading reasons for hesitancy in mid-January 2021.

The Pulse on Kansas series examines data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey covering important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas. Sign up here to receive the latest issue and more by email or follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Key Points

  • As of mid-January 2021, fewer than one in 10 (8.4 percent) Kansas adults reported having received a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 45.0 percent reported they “would definitely get a vaccine.”
  • However, almost half (46.5 percent) of Kansas adults were uncertain about getting a vaccine, including a quarter (24.1 percent) who said they “would probably get a vaccine,” 14.1 percent who “would probably not get a vaccine” and 8.3 percent who “would definitely not get a vaccine.”
  • The most common reasons given by those uncertain about getting a vaccine were they plan to wait and see if it is safe (53.9 percent) and concern about possible side effects (49.1 percent).
  • The top reasons reported for hesitancy to get the vaccine differed in important ways among those who would probably, would probably not, and would definitely not get the vaccine.

The Household Pulse Survey is an ongoing federal survey that provides near real-time information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, social and economic factors in Kansas and across the United States. This valuable resource allows for a deeper, data-driven understanding of the impact that the pandemic is having on our communities.

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.