Tri-State Leaders Working to Build Confidence in COVID Vaccine

Anxiety over the COVID-19 shot still lingers in both Indiana and Kentucky.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 8:27 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 9:24 PM

As the vaccine roll-out continues, many across the Tri-State are wondering when they can get their shot.

But some of those who can get the vaccine already are feeling some hesitation.

Indiana's top doctors say, they're working to build confidence in the vaccine, especially among staff in nursing homes.

But the caution isn't just limited to the Hoosier state

Indiana's Dr. Kristina Box shared thursday that while the Department of Health doesn't have an exact number of employees who have declined so far, one of their surveys showed only about 45 percent of the staff they asked said they would take it.

But she added, she feels that things may soon change as some might be taking a "wait-and-see" approach.

"I do believe there is vaccine hesitancy there, and we believe that as we go back to put second doses in arms in these facilities, that we will see an increased uptake among the staff. Because, they will at that time have been able to watch friends and other colleagues, and how they've done with the vaccine," Dr. Box said.

Kentucky' leaders shared they're seeing similar trends.

"The no's that we're getting...are sort of soft no's. It's not that people aren't ever going to take it. They want to watch a little bit more before they take it. And that's an encouraging sign," explained Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

But the governor continued to stress the importance of the shot as critical to bringing the pandemic to an end:

"Everybody needs this vaccine, and we need to try to address challenges and anxieties as we go."

Health officials add they're working on education efforts, and working in the community to build more trust in the vaccine.

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