According to a recent survey, over 30% of Texans say they are unlikely to take the vaccine against COVID-19.
The University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs conducted a scientific survey to gauge Texas reaction to the vaccine doses that will become available. The reported results show that 22% of respondents would refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, while 10% would be very unlikely to get it.
This statewide survey has major implications as far as the pandemic spread is concerned. The 1,329 people who participated were aged 18 and over and the study took place Jan 12-20. The list was created by drawing from a sample pool based on age, ethnic background, race, and education.
The conclusions are double-edged
On the one hand it’s clear that a vast portion of the population would decline the vaccine doses. On the other hand the reasons behind this course of action show that there is still a long way to go to establish trust in the vaccine.
Public trust is the foundation of a successful mass immunization, but the pharmaceutical companies still have hurdles to pass until they convince everyone that the vaccine is safe.
There is good news, too
Despite the ongoing distrust related to the COVID-19 vaccine, there is a good side to the survey as well. 40% of Texans said they would agree to be vaccinated when the doses become available and some of them have taken it already.