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U of M survey: More Detroiters say they're "very likely" to get COVID-19 vaccine

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More Detroiters now say they’re very likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine than said so in the fall, according to a University of Michigan survey.

The University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study regularly surveys Detroiters about their lives and communities. Its latest survey covered more than 2200 people.

Among them, 38% now say they’re “very likely” to get a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s up a lot from the fall, when only 14% said that.

By contrast, 25% of Detroiters said they were “very unlikely” to get vaccinated. That number is also down from the fall.

The survey found that for those Detroiters who want to get vaccinated, keeping themselves, their families, and communities safe was the most important motivating factor.

Disparities persist in who is likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the survey results:

  • Residents of color were significantly less likely to say they plan to get the vaccine than white residents.
  • On average, men are more likely to say they will get the vaccine than women.
  • Likelihood of vaccination increases significantly with education and income.
  • Residents who say they have no trust in the U.S. government as a source for COVID-19 information are half as likely to plan to get the vaccine compared to those with some trust or high trust in the government.

Detroit has opened vaccine eligibility up to everyone. But as of Monday, the city had the lowest vaccination coverage rate of any jurisdiction in the state. Just under 19% of Detroiters have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

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Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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