Poll: 38% of Arizonans surveyed would refuse COVID-19 vaccination

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A nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Hans Pennink

Two new reports suggest Arizonans will be among the least likely to get immunized against COVID-19 once a vaccine becomes available.A poll released Tuesday, Sept. 15 by OH Predictive Insights finds 38% of Arizonans surveyed said they would get the shots if offered.An identical number said they would refuse, even if the shot was offered for free.That compares with national surveys suggesting about half of Americans would get the vaccine, with about 20% saying they would refuse.Separately, the financial advice website WalletHub finds only nine states where the rate of people already getting vaccinated for existing diseases is lower than here. Among children and teens, the vaccination rate is even lower than that, with Arizona fifth from the bottom, WalletHub says.With the record showing Arizonans tend to be more distrustful of inoculations in general, that suggests the refusal rate here for a COVID-19 vaccine would be higher than in most of the rest of the country.All this comes as data shows the …

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