New survey shows twice as many Coloradans intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine as last year

Today, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is releasing an updated vaccine opinion survey. Comparing this survey to a previous survey’s data from September 2020, it is clear that there has been a significant shift in Coloradans’ views of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The survey’s key highlights include a significant shift in the percent of Coloradans interested in getting vaccinated when one is available, with 88% of Coloradans now indicating they would possibly be vaccinated, up from 66% in September:

  • In September, 32% of respondents said they intended to get vaccinated as soon as they could. Now, 62% of Coloradans have either already gotten vaccinated (27%), or intend to get vaccinated “as soon as [they] can (35%).”
  • In September, 34% of respondents said they would “wait and see” how well the vaccines worked. Today, only 18% say they want to “wait and see.”
  • In September, 34% of respondents said they would “not get vaccinated.” Now, 8% would “get it, but only if required,” while 12% would “definitely not get it,” including those who are medically unable to do so.
  • Additionally, the data shows significant shifts among specific communities, including:
    • Hispanic women: In September, 22% said they would get vaccinated “as soon as possible.” Now, 43% have already received a vaccine or would get vaccinated as soon as possible.
    • Hispanic men: In September, 35% said they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, as compared to 62% today.
    • Black Coloradans: In September, 24% said they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, as compared to 47% today.
    • Young Coloradans age 18-34: In September, 23% of young women said they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, as compared to 46% today. Young men went from 32% in September to 50% today.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective as evidenced not only by clinical trials, but nationally, many millions have already received the vaccine,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans have already signed up for their vaccine appointments. As more and more Coloradans are getting vaccinated and more and more Coloradans are excited to get vaccinated, we are that much closer to getting back to work and school, back to spending time with family, and back to a more normal life.”

The survey data is clear; even with this progress, it is important to continue to stress the proven safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. Nearly half (46%) of Coloradans have questions about if the vaccine will protect them, and 42% have questions about why the vaccine is safe.

As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts the state continues to work to increase access to vaccines and to meet Coloradans where they are by:

  • Coordinating community clinics that serve highly impacted communities in more than 30 counties, as well as throughout the Denver metro area, with plans for more. The goal is to vaccinate 70% of eligible residents in communities that are in the top census tracts that have a high density of low-income and minority communities. The state is working directly with community-based organizations, providers, local public health agencies, and Tribes to set up events and ship doses directly to providers in these census tracts in the pursuit of the Governor’s goal to offer life-saving vaccines to everyone that wants it.
  • Launching Community Vaccination Sites in Larimer county, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Commerce City, and Grand Junction. There will be an additional site coming online in Denver County at the Ball Arena in the coming weeks. The six Vaccines for All community vaccination sites are expected to administer a maximum of 6,000 doses per day at each site at six days per week for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. This depends on vaccine supply provided to the state.
  • Coordinating with United Way 211 and transportation providers to assist Coloradans with mobility barriers or without personal vehicles. We are also working with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to identify homebound persons that are unable to attend a vaccine clinic even with transportation support. In these instances, we are working with providers who can go to a person’s home to provide vaccination.
  • Facilitating a Champions for Vaccine Equity program to provide information to communities of color about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, as well as utilizing Promotoras, service providers, and crisis counselors to support vaccine literacy. The initiative is intended to foster sustained dialogue with structurally marginalized communities, particularly communities of color, about the vaccine by connecting them with health care workers from their communities and backgrounds.
  • Launching a 7 day a week, 24-hour hotline that is available to answer questions in multiple languages. The toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Kupersmit Research conducted the survey from February 17 to March 1, 2021, interviewing 810 participants online. The firm conducted an additional 93 interviews with Black Coloradans through March 8, and 75 phone interviews with low-income individuals over age 65 across the state.

The state has deliberately pursued equity in vaccine access, and has promoted educational campaigns for groups with vaccine hesitancy– and continues to make progress on this issue.

The state has posted the summary report.

Vaccine information is available at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine or in Spanish at covid19.colorado.gov/vacuna. Continue to stay up to date in English and Spanish by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

This press release was provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.