Study: Just 1 in 6 Blacks, Latinos Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Study: Just 1 in 6 Blacks, Latinos Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine tray of coronavirus vaccines (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 14 January 2021 12:56 PM

Just over 16% of Blacks and Latinos in an Alabama study say they want a coronavirus vaccine.

Al.com reported the study was conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Researchers had spoken with 67 low-income people who are Black or Latino from three Alabama counties.

Only 11 participants said they would get vaccinated compared to 22 who said they would not. Al.com noted 33 said they were not sure. The website did not detail the one remaining response.

“I didn’t expect that (mistrust) would be that deep and across the board,” said UAB’s Dr. Mona Fouad, director of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center.

“There was huge mistrust. Mistrust of different groups, (like) government, scientists (and the) media.

“They’re very confused about (safety, and) they don’t have enough information to make an informed decision.”

The Tuskegee study, in which Black men with syphilis were knowingly denied treatment, was mentioned as a reason for the lack of trust, according to researchers.

Meanwhile, an Axios-Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found that 60% of all Americans are now saying they are likely to get the shot as soon as they are able to.