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Kansas has made progress on COVID-19 vaccination. As of March 29, 2021, almost half (48.9 percent) of Kansas adults had received at least one dose, which is a six-fold increase from 8.4 percent in mid-January. However, many Kansans are still uncertain* about getting a vaccine, according to the most recent Household Pulse Survey data from late March. Understanding the leading reasons for continued hesitance could help public health professionals devise effective strategies to reach more Kansans who have not been vaccinated.
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 Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Key Points include:
- Kansas adults who were uncertain about getting a COVID-19 vaccine fell from almost one half (46.5 percent) in January to three in 10 (30.0 percent) in March, representing a one-third drop.
- Concerns about side effects or the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines remained high among those who were uncertain about getting a vaccine (49.4 and 47.2 percent in late March compared to 49.1 and 53.9 percent in mid-January).
- Among Kansas adults who were uncertain about getting a vaccine, 9.1 percent said they “don’t believe COVID-19 is a serious illness” up from 5.0 percent in January.
- Among the 7.9 percent of Kansas adults who say they “would definitely not get a vaccine,” a lack of trust in the vaccines has emerged as the most prominent reason (55.2 percent in March compared to 41.6 percent in January), and a lack of trust in the government (41.9 percent in March compared to 33.2 percent in January) is also among the top reasons given.
*Note: The Household Pulse Survey considers those who report they “would probably,” “would probably not” and “would definitely not” get a vaccine as “uncertain” about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
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.