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Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, this issue of Pulse on Kansas details COVID-19 vaccine intent and reasons for uncertainty among adults age 18 and over in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma as of late April 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 Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Comparing late April survey responses from the six states:
- Nebraska (74.9 percent) had the highest percentage of adults who had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and Oklahoma (66.8 percent) had the lowest. In Kansas 72.3 percent of adults had received at least one dose.
- Missouri (10.2 percent) and Oklahoma (10.1 percent) had the highest percentage of adults who reported they would definitely not get a vaccine and Colorado (5.1 percent) had the lowest. In Kansas, 7.9 percent of adults said they definitely would not get a vaccine.
- Oklahoma (18.5 percent) had the highest percentage of adults who were still undecided about getting a vaccine, compared to Missouri (13.3 percent) and Colorado (13.0 percent). In Kansas, 14.6 percent of adults reported being undecided about getting a vaccine.
- In late April, the leading reason for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Kansas adults and those in neighboring states was a concern about possible side effects. The percentage of vaccine-hesitant adults expressing this concern ranged from 42.7 percent in Missouri to 64.5 percent in Kansas.
- “Vaccine Hesitancy in Kansas,” slide presentation by Emily Burgen, M.P.H., for the Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem (DHRE) COVID-19 Preparedness Webinar, May 20, 2021.
- "Resistance Among Kansans To COVID-19 Vaccines Is Fading, Except Where It Isn't," news article from High Plains Public Radio, May 31, 2021.
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.