COVID vaccine? Wyoming citizens may be hesitant

JACKSON, Wyo. — As the world awaits a possible vaccination against COVID-19 it is, perhaps, a pertinent time to take a look at vaccinations in general and which states are more likely to get vaccinated.

Vaccinations have drastically reduced the prevalence of certain diseases, including polio, tetanus, measles, and chickenpox. One disease, smallpox, has even been eradicated completely, with no natural cases since 1977.

Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U.S., the race to develop a vaccine is well underway. It’s anticipated a COVID-19 vaccine could be made available to the public by next year.

However, even if an effective vaccine to combat the pandemic is developed, its impact will be lessened if people choose not to get it. According to Gallup, 35 percent of Americans would not get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if it were free.

Some states are better than others when it comes to vaccinating. In order to see where people are most likely to get vaccines, WalletHub examined the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key categories. Its data set ranges from share of vaccinated children to share of people without health insurance to the presence of reported measles outbreaks.

Wyoming ranked low (47th) in the list of states that vaccinate the most. Only Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, and Mississippi were less likely to get vaccinated. In fact, the Cowboy State ranked dead last in the influenza vaccination rate for children aged 6 months to 17 years old.

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