June 23, 2024


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Montgomery: The state’s top health official said Friday that a study showed about 30% of adults in Alabama are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine, a reluctance that concerns medical officials as they try to keep case numbers on the decline. The Department of Public Health released the results of the survey done to gauge vaccine hesitancy and figure out how to craft messaging to reach reluctant groups. “There is around 30% of people who indicate they are not interested in being vaccinated,” State Health Officer Scott Harris told reporters. He said the hesitancy cuts across racial lines. He said the reasons vary from being staunchly against vaccinations to just having questions. Alabama on March 22 expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include more front-line workers; people 55 and older; those with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and residents ages 16 to 64 with certain high-risk medical conditions. Alabama does not have an estimate of when it will open eligibility to all adults, but the state expects to beat the May 1 deadline set by President Joe Biden, Harris said. “This script is going to flip completely, you know, from a month ago when people couldn’t find vaccine – it seems like no matter how hard they look – to in April, we’re going to have the opposite problem,” he said.