Survey: Blacks, Latinos Less Likely to Trust Coronavirus Vaccine

Survey: Blacks, Latinos Less Likely to Trust Coronavirus Vaccine

Black and Latino Americans will be hesitant to take a coronavirus vaccine, even if it is offered for free, according to a new survey.

The Washington Post reports that a new survey shows that less than half of Black people and 66% of Latino people say they would definitely or probably take a coronavirus vaccine.

The newspaper reports that the survey, released Monday, is one of the largest and most rigorous to date when it comes to looking into vaccine wariness. The survey was conducted by Langer Research Associates, a New York-based survey research firm, on behalf of the nonprofit COVID Collaborative.

Survey results show:

  • 14% of Black people trust that a vaccine will be safe and 18% trust that it will be effective in shielding them from the coronavirus.
  • 34% of Latinos trust that a vaccine will be safe and 40% trust it will be effective.
  • 48% of Black Americans say they would definitely or probably get the vaccine.
  • 66% of Latinos said they would definitely or probably get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s not having a vaccine that saves lives, it’s people actually getting vaccinated,” Michelle A. Williams, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who co-founded the COVID Collaborative, told the newspaper. “For that to happen, we need to understand why so many are hesitant and help overcome that.”

The survey was conducted Sept. 1 through 15. Responses were collected from 1,050 Black and 258 Latino adults.

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