NC minorities hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccination, survey shows

NORTH CAROLINA — There is widespread hesitancy among minority populations when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the North Carolina Central University Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities (ACCORD).

The center completed on-site and in-person surveys before results of COVID-19 vaccine trials were released. According to ACCORD, the results showed that only 26.7% of participants would get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as the treatment becomes available to them. 30% said they would not and another 34% said they are not sure what they will do.

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An even smaller percent of African American participants, 22%, indicated they would be receptive to an early COVID-19 vaccination. Among Latino participants, 32.5% indicated they were ready to take vaccine.

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Sean Kimbro, Ph.D., an ACCORD team member and professor of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, explained that individuals from communities of color and rural regions, as well as those who have been underserved medically in the past, are likely to have differing attitudes surrounding vaccine distribution and administration.

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ACCORD is developing strategies to provide accurate and reliable information to North Carolinians through its network of community leaders and health partners.