Have You Changed Your Mind on Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine? [Poll]
Two months ago, we asked our listeners if they would take the COVID-19 vaccine when it became available. Overwhelming, they said no. Over 1200 people took our poll, and 68% said they would not take the COVID-19 vaccine. We wanted to see if you have changed your mind. Please answer our poll question below:
According to a recent Gallop poll, 71% of Americans say they are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. That is up significantly since September when only 50% of Americans said they would receive the vaccine.
Here in Gallatin County, about 1300 people are receiving the vaccine weekly, and the Gallatin City-County Health Department hopes they can increase that number soon.
According to a news release from the governor's office, Montana continues to receive one of the lowest allotments of vaccine per capita in the country, based on recent CDC data. Governor Gianforte says he will continue working to ensure the state gets its fair share of vaccines.
Despite lagging in getting the COVID vaccine, Montana appears to be ahead of most states when it comes to getting shots in arms. We are #6 in percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered.
Doses distributed to state: 207,250
Doses administered: 181,665
Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 87.66
Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia North Dakota, New Mexico are currently the only states ahead of Montana.
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More COVID-19 vaccine info is available at HealthyGallatin.org.
LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions
While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.