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Poll: Kentuckians Trust Doctors On Vaccines, But Hurdles Remain

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A new poll finds the vast majority of Kentuckians trust their health care providers to supply accurate information on vaccines, but those not intending to get a COVID-19 shot also have reservations.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky survey of more than 800 residents done by phone found 95 percent have either a "great or fair amount" of trust in their doctors when it comes to vaccines. That number dips to 87 percent for those who do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Respondents who were hesitant or opposed to getting the shot chose as their top reasons that not enough is known about the new vaccines or they were developed too quickly.

A drop in vaccination pace has led to concerns that Kentucky won't reach the estimated 70 to 85 percent needed for what's known as herd immunity.

Gov. Andy Beshear is sounding more confident.

"This is part of the debate that goes on that seems to change week to week," the governor said Monday. "I believe that we will reach it... because a certain amount of people will get vaccinated and a certain amount of people will get the virus."

Beshear said he hopes the combination will eventually yield enough immunity to beat back the virus.

Right now, the administration is not importing the full amount of vaccine allotted to Kentucky because vaccination sites are having trouble filling enough slots.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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