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Study: The main reasons Utahns aren't getting vaccinated

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 13:52:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A new study shows the main reasons why people in every state aren't getting vaccinated.

In Utah those reasons are:

  • 52% are worried about side effects
  • 36% don’t believe they need it
  • 43% are waiting to see if it’s safe
  • 36% don’t trust COVID-19 vaccines
  • 27% don’t trust the government

QuoteWizard, the company who conducted the study, said the numbers don't add up to 100% because people gave several reasons for not getting the vaccine.

READ: Utah's largest newspapers endorse mask order for K-6 students in Salt Lake Co.

The study looked at federal household survey pulse data about vaccine hesitancy to make its conclusions. The rate of unvaccinated was taken from the United States Census Bureau Survey on COVID Vaccine Attitudes.

Other key findings from the study:

  • Nationwide, 54% of people say concerns over side effects are keeping them from getting the vaccine.
  • Kentucky, Iowa and Massachuesetts have the highest numbers of people who won’t get the vaccine because they don’t trust the government.
  • Alaska and several midwestern states have the highest numbers of people who won’t get the vaccine because they feel they don’t need it.

Detailed information on each state's reasons for vaccine hesitancy, along with demographic breakdowns by age, gender, education and ethnicity are available here.