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More than half of Harford residents surveyed say they’d get COVID-19 vaccine

More than 5,400 people responded to the Harford County Health Department’s survey regarding the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month. Among them, 53% said they were interested in receiving the vaccine as soon as it became available to them, even if it required two doses; 32% said no and 15% were not sure.

Of those who said they wouldn’t receive the vaccine immediately, 38% said they could get the vaccine in the future.

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Concerns about side effects, safety and that the vaccine has not been tested enough among people with similar traits to the survey taker — age, ethnicity, race or gender, for example — were the top three reasons people listed for being unsure about the vaccine.

Among the survey takers, 88% were under age 65; 72% were female, 22% were male and 6% preferred not to answer; 85% were white, 3% were black and 11% preferred not to answer; and 2% were Hispanic.

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A majority of the survey takers, 90%, live in Harford County. About 4% work in the county and 2% access healthcare in Harford.

People said they felt most comfortable receiving the vaccine at their healthcare provider’s office, a pharmacy or urgent care clinic, or at a drive-through clinic. They also preferred text or email to be reminded about their second dose.

The health department will use the survey results to plan clinics at places people feel comfortable going and will seek to engage a wider variety of residents and push out more social media posts regarding the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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