Siena poll finds vaccine hesitancy still prevalent among some groups

Sam Hesler
Updated: January 19, 2021 04:30 PM
Created: January 19, 2021 04:28 PM

We have heard it from top health officials all the way to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, there is a critical need for minority groups to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"They are seeing more hospitalization stays with people that are African American. So we've been trying to tell people 'please get the vaccine,'" Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said.

While a new Siena Poll finds 69% of New Yorkers want the vaccine, more than a quarter say they do not. According to the poll's findings, vaccine hesitancy is more prevalent among minority groups, with 36% of African Americans and 39% of Latinos saying they do not want the vaccine. That is compared to 24% of Whites. 

McCoy calls the poll's findings alarming, and he has been pushing got local leaders to help raise awareness about the vaccine.

"I've challenged the clergy and elected officials," McCoy explained. "We need you to get out there and let us know if there is someone we have overlooked."

The county is taking several steps to help educate people about the vaccine, including a public service commercial that will launch later this week.

While County Executive McCoy says they have convinced some people in minority groups to get the vaccine, he is also worried about another problem.

"We have to sell it to them, and then we have to get them online, which is difficult. I mean the way the system is set up right now, it is going to be another hurdle to get around to make sure they get the vaccine," McCoy added.

MORE INFORMATION: Full Siena Research Institute poll

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