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Austin has less vaccine hesitancy than other Texas metros, but it might still be higher than you think

New CDC data shows what percentage of Travis County residents are vaccine hesitant. (Austin Regional Clinic)

Over half of Travis County may be partially vaccinated, but a significant number are still showing hesitancy, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fifteen percent of Travis County residents are hesitant, meaning in a survey they said they would probably not get a vaccine. Additionally, 7% answered they would definitely not get a vaccine, or are strongly hesitant.

In April Austonia reported that Austinites may opt out of a vaccine for a number of reasons, including political ideology, fear about possible long-term side effects and distrust of for-profit pharmaceutical companies.

Still, the number is slightly lower than in other Texas metros. An estimated 17% of the population in both Harris and Dallas counties are vaccine hesitant, while 16% are in Bexar and El Paso counties. The highest percentage of those vaccine hesitant was reported at 21% in mostly southeast Texas counties, but also in Bell County, just north of Williamson County.

Austin and the state of Texas are estimated to have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy than California. In Los Angeles, around 11% are thought to be hesitant, and only 4% reported strongly hesitant.

Meanwhile, in Florida, vaccine hesitancy is much higher. Over a quarter of the populations in certain Florida counties are estimated to be vaccine hesitant. In fellow tech hub Miami-Dade County, 19% of the population is estimated to be hesitant.

Nationwide, hesitancy appears lowest on the West and Northeast coasts, while the Upper Midwest and pockets of the South are estimated to have the highest hesitancy rates.


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