A University of Michigan poll examines why Detroit’s COVID vaccination rate is lagging behind the rest of the state


DETROIT – Detroit’s COVID vaccination rate continues to lag behind the rest of the state, and a new poll shows why some people are reluctant to get vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 39.5% of Detroit residents had received at least one dose. That’s compared to the nationwide rate of 62.9%.

A new study from the University of Michigan found that eight out of ten unvaccinated Detroit residents said they still had concerns about the safety of the vaccine.

According to the study, 78% of unvaccinated people said they had concerns about safety and side effects. 73% said they were concerned about the effectiveness of the vaccine. The least vaccinated people were still in black communities and under 40s.

The study also found that trust in credible sources across the board is low. Less than a third of Detroit’s unvaccinated residents trusted the CDC and local doctors.


Just over a third of Detroiters who were not vaccinated in the spring were vaccinated. Researchers said the shift is cause for hope.

Almost everyone who got their first vaccination got their second dose and was fully vaccinated.

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