Special Report

This is How Many People Are Refusing the COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts

Recent surges of the delta variant in much of the United States are attributable in part to vaccine hesitancy.

According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 24,260,000 Americans — or 9.7% of the 18 and older population — say they will either probably or definitely not get the vaccination.

Many Americans who have yet to be vaccinated cite one of three reasons: either they are concerned about possible side effects, or they want to wait to see if it is safe, or it is difficult for them to obtain a vaccination. Others cite different reasons.

Nationwide, 17,040,000 people, 6.8% of the adult population, do not trust the COVID-19 vaccines, and another 7,350,000, or 2.9%, do not think COVID-19 is a big threat. Additionally, 14,070,000 American adults, or 5.6% of the 18 and older population, have not been vaccinated because they do not trust the government.

In Massachusetts, an estimated 266,400 adults, or 5.0%, say they will likely refuse the vaccine. Of all adults in the state, 3.7% will refuse because they do not trust the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, 1.8% because they do not think COVID-19 is a big threat, and 3.6% because they distrust the government.

Despite pockets of resistance, Massachusetts is doing a better job at vaccinating its population quickly than most states. So far, 67.8% of Massachusetts’s population are fully vaccinated, compared to 56.4% of all Americans.

Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 808,673 confirmed cases of the virus in the Massachusetts, and a total of 18,577 residents have died as a result.

All survey data used in this story was published by the Census on Sept. 22, 2021. All data related to COVID-19 infections, fatalities, and vaccinations is current as of Sept. 30, 2021.

These are all the counties in Massachusetts where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

State Share adult pop. of who will likely refuse vaccination Pop. currently fully vaccinated Total COVID-19 infections to date Total COVID-19 deaths to date
Alabama 13.6% 42.8% 794,773 14,200
Alaska 11.0% 50.2% 107,640 542
Arizona 11.8% 51.8% 1,087,451 19,920
Arkansas 15.5% 45.7% 493,920 7,651
California 6.7% 58.9% 4,681,332 68,387
Colorado 10.5% 60.0% 667,366 7,522
Connecticut 3.9% 68.6% 389,730 8,626
Delaware 7.4% 58.0% 132,138 1,950
Florida 11.0% 57.8% 3,565,971 54,071
Georgia 12.1% 45.9% 1,569,405 25,757
Hawaii 8.3% 57.7% 76,243 752
Idaho 15.0% 42.4% 253,733 2,830
Illinois 9.8% 53.2% 1,621,175 27,568
Indiana 13.2% 48.7% 956,548 15,561
Iowa 14.5% 54.0% 451,492 6,482
Kansas 11.6% 51.2% 406,453 6,024
Kentucky 9.0% 52.3% 684,989 8,635
Louisiana 14.3% 45.3% 738,613 13,850
Maine 10.5% 68.8% 89,064 1,022
Maryland 5.8% 64.2% 530,861 10,426
Massachusetts 5.0% 67.8% 808,673 18,577
Michigan 10.6% 52.2% 1,145,328 22,275
Minnesota 10.1% 58.5% 706,158 8,212
Mississippi 12.1% 43.4% 487,293 9,588
Missouri 10.9% 48.0% 817,874 11,485
Montana 19.9% 48.8% 148,490 1,989
Nebraska 11.3% 54.8% 265,516 2,827
Nevada 10.4% 51.5% 419,379 7,073
New Hampshire 10.0% 61.7% 119,068 1,477
New Jersey 5.5% 64.1% 1,150,246 27,380
New Mexico 7.6% 63.2% 251,384 4,776
New York 5.7% 63.5% 2,416,246 55,152
North Carolina 6.5% 50.3% 1,385,700 16,285
North Dakota 21.7% 44.3% 131,399 1,610
Ohio 13.6% 50.2% 1,400,979 21,945
Oklahoma 15.8% 47.8% 611,885 8,970
Oregon 7.8% 61.2% 326,191 3,750
Pennsylvania 12.4% 57.8% 1,420,478 29,226
Rhode Island 3.9% 68.4% 171,751 2,834
South Carolina 10.4% 47.9% 852,959 12,369
South Dakota 13.3% 51.8% 143,995 2,133
Tennessee 16.1% 45.8% 1,220,784 15,055
Texas 9.0% 51.6% 4,023,240 63,245
Utah 10.0% 51.3% 505,004 2,905
Vermont 4.9% 69.2% 30,953 300
Virginia 7.6% 60.7% 863,645 12,697
Washington 8.2% 61.5% 652,011 7,591
West Virginia 20.3% 40.1% 237,002 3,578
Wisconsin 13.4% 56.5% 804,082 8,849
Wyoming 18.0% 41.7% 89,430 996