Latest research helps us better understand why Idahoans choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine

December 17, 2021
DHW Director Dave Jeppesen

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho has conducted research to help us respond to the concerns of Idahoans when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as help us understand what information should be valuable to Idahoans when it comes to the COVID-19 and the available vaccines.

Recently, the state conducted a survey with 500 Idahoans who have been vaccinated or who are still considering getting vaccinated.

Some highlights of the survey include:

  • When it comes to why Idahoans choose to get vaccinated, the No. 1 reason was to protect themselves and others. Other reasons noted were for traveling in and out of the country or because it was required (e.g. job).
  • Some Idahoans are still considering getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Many were waiting because they said they had already had COVID-19, or they hadn’t found the time (inconvenient), or they were still in the “wait and see” mode, hoping for more research and testing.
  • Idahoans understand that if you are vaccinated, or even if you get a breakthrough case, you are very unlikely to become seriously ill or die compared to someone who is unvaccinated.
  • Idahoans believe the COVID-19 vaccine is working better than expected or as expected at preventing infection.
  • Many still believe it is important to take precautions, like physical distancing or wearing masks, even with the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • When it comes to why their eligible children have not gotten vaccinated, some of reasons mentioned by parents were: they were waiting for more research and testing or their children had already had COVID-19.

According to the research, Idahoans believe the vaccine is safe and effective. The research also showed:

  • 42 percent know someone who has had a breakthrough case
  • 31 percent know someone who has died from COVID-19
  • 52 percent are likely to get a booster dose, while 27 percent have already gotten their booster dose – nearly 8 in 10 vaccinated Idahoans
  • 69 percent believe the vaccine is safe for children
  • 87 percent were aware that the vaccine has been approved for children 5 to 11

When it comes to vaccine requirements at large businesses, organizations, or public events:

  • 28 percent supported vaccinations for everyone, with exceptions for medical and religious reasons only
  • 40 percent supported a choice between proof of vaccination or regular COVID-19 testing
  • 29 percent supported no requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccination

At DHW, we will continue to share accurate and up-to-date information related to the COVID-19 vaccine so Idahoans can make informed decisions when it comes to their health and the health of their families.

If you are not vaccinated, I encourage you to choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine remains the safest, surest way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness and hospitalization.

I hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season! My next blog will be on Jan. 7, 2022.


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I would like to know why there isn't a discussion/blog about why many Idahoans are not taking the COVID vaccine. I only see one side here and that isn't a scientific approach. There are enough Idahoans who aren't taking it at this point so for a good scientific outlook that would need to be in this blog as well.

Steven Wallace
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Would you mind posting a link to the survey questions? Thanks in advance.

I'm not so sure about the jab being the, “safest, surest way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness and hospitalizations.” Before symptoms of the seasonal flu were rebranded as COVID-19, most people, absent comorbidities or old age, recovered from them without a great deal of fuss. Lifestyle choices might be a better approach for those dealing with comorbidities and/or compromised immune systems. Treating them as lab rats sounds like a really bad idea. Young people have almost zero risk from these symptoms, but far too many of them, who've been jabbed, are now having heart attacks and strokes. Superbly conditioned athletes, who've been jabbed, are dropping like flies. The covid cult would call that coincidence, but as the old saying goes, “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.”

I have to admit the COVID-19 jab has been safe and effective for one group. It is safe for Big Pharma because they have immunity from jab injury claims and it has been very effective at ballooning their financial accounts. Can you imagine a tire manufacturer having immunity from injury claims associated with defective tires? Would we have safer and more reliable tires operating under this model?