Some survey respondents hesitant to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Michael Tortorich

Recent survey data shows many Louisiana residents would not accept a COVID-19 vaccine if made available to them.

A map shows Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Lab survey results gathered from Jan. 1 to Jan. 14. Respondents were asked if they would definitely or probably choose to get vaccinated if offered.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Lab gathered the survey data via Facebook. The figures reflect how people feel about receiving vaccinations by state and county, or county-equivalent in Louisiana’s case. Respondents were asked if they would definitely or probably choose to get vaccinated if offered immediately.

Several Louisiana parishes ranked among the lowest in the country, with Terrebonne recording the lowest figure at 48 percent. For Ascension Parish, the percentage was 60.2. The highest was Arlington County, Virginia, which had 92 percent.

The researchers collected the data in an effort to reach a wide cross-section of the United States population. An average of 56,000 people participated daily, according to the report.

In a call-out for reader response on the Weekly Citizen’s Facebook page over the weekend, several commented with skepticism toward the vaccines currently being administered. Some simply replied with a no.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria.

“Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects, or even die,” a CDC fact sheet states.

As of Jan. 22, the Louisiana Department of Health reported 314,328 total doses of vaccine had been administered. A total of 1,809 providers have been enrolled.

Phase 1B, Tier 1 includes an estimated population of 640,000. People 70 years old and above, as well as those employed in certain jobs, are eligible for vaccination.

As of early this week, Ascension Parish vaccine locations include: Bertrand’s Pharmacy in Gonzales, Lagniappe Pharmacy 2 in Gonzales, Lagniappe Pharmacy 4 in Prairieville, St. Amant Pharmacy in St. Amant, Viallon Drug Company in Donaldsonville, Walgreens in Geismar, Walgreens in Prairieville, and Walgreens in Donaldsonville.

More information on vaccines can be found at ldh.la.gov.