District Health Department #10 Reports Findings From Covid Survey
District Health Department #10 is reporting their findings from a survey they created to better understand why people are hesitant to receive a dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and to boost vaccination rates.
The survey came about as vaccination rates declined in DHD#10’s jurisdiction.
DHD#10 says their survey went out to the public last month, and they received nearly 300 responses within the first week. By the end of May, DHD#10 reported a total of 349 responses.
The health department states that approximately two-thirds of their respondents had already gotten the vaccine, but were willing to share what they had heard in their respective communities about why others decided not to get the vaccine.
They also say about one-third of respondents had not been vaccinated yet.
One of the questions asked in the survey was why individuals did not receive the vaccine.
According to survey results, individuals who are already vaccinated say they overheard others state the following: 61% say COVID is no big deal, 69% say they’re concerned about side effects and 70% said the vaccine development was too quick.
On the other hand, those who are not vaccinated responded to the question with the following: 18% say COVID is no big deal, 58% say they are concerned about side effects and 60% say vaccine development was too quick.
Another question in the survey asked respondents what would make them more likely to receive the vaccine.
According to survey results, 66% of those who are unvaccinated responded with “nothing” and 34% responded with “other.”
Those who wrote “other” say further research, a requirement for employment or activities and convenience are the reasons that would make them more likely to receive the vaccine.
DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes states that the survey gives the health department, “insight into some hesitancies people in our jurisdiction have about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Hughes further stated, “As more research is presented on the effectiveness of the vaccine, individuals will have more concrete information from which to make an informed decision.”
DHD#10 says the survey gathered input on where clinics should be held and the preferred clinic times. From this, DHD#10 says they were able to transition to hosting pop-up community clinics at various locations and implement longer clinic hours on each Tuesday of every month.