Special Report

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

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, several variants of the virus have emerged. Some of the newly circulating variants spread more easily and more quickly than their predecessors, therefore adding a new urgency to vaccine distribution.

The Biden Administration’s ambitious plan to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer faces multiple challenges — and not all are related to distribution or production. According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 38,560,000 Americans — or 15.5% of the 18 and older population — say they will either probably or definitely not get the vaccination when given the opportunity.

The majority of Americans who are against personally taking the vaccine cite one of three reasons: concern about possible side effects, wanting to wait to see if it is safe, or thinking others would benefit more than themselves from a vaccination. Others cite different reasons.

Nationwide, 16,820,000 people, 6.8% of the eligible population, do not trust the COVID-19 vaccines, and another 7,550,000, or 3.0%, are anti-vaccines in general. Additionally, 14,430,000 American adults, 5.8% of those eligible, will likely refuse a vaccination because they do not trust the government.

In Oklahoma, an estimated 695,600 adults, or 23.9% of the eligible population, say they will likely refuse the vaccine. Of all adults in the state, 8.0% will refuse because they do not trust the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, 4.6% because they are against vaccination in general, and 6.8% because they distrust the government.

Despite pockets of resistance, Oklahoma is doing a better job at vaccinating its population quickly than most states. So far, 25.2% of Oklahoma’s population are fully vaccinated, compared to 24.6% of all Americans.

Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. In the last week alone, another 2,382 Oklahoma residents tested positive for the virus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 444,288 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and a total of 6,700 residents have died as a result.

All survey data used in this story was published by the Census on April 7, 2021. All data related to COVID-19 infections, fatalities, and vaccinations is current as of April 15, 2021.

These are all the counties in Oklahoma 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 22.5% 18.7% 520,503 10,722
Alaska 22.3% 31.0% 62,681 310
Arizona 17.4% 23.7% 850,846 17,105
Arkansas 22.2% 20.6% 332,446 5,673
California 9.9% 23.9% 3,604,395 59,258
Colorado 14.0% 24.7% 481,494 6,168
Connecticut 7.8% 30.3% 325,689 7,974
Delaware 15.1% 24.4% 99,135 1,587
Florida 18.2% 23.1% 2,094,670 34,120
Georgia 19.5% 18.1% 1,076,644 19,548
Hawaii 11.5% 27.3% 29,917 468
Idaho 24.3% 22.5% 183,910 2,000
Illinois 12.7% 23.6% 1,285,398 23,826
Indiana 20.1% 22.1% 700,775 13,167
Iowa 17.6% 27.2% 357,739 5,857
Kansas 17.1% 25.1% 304,719 4,930
Kentucky 17.2% 26.2% 434,148 6,261
Louisiana 22.7% 22.3% 450,279 10,255
Maine 15.9% 31.7% 55,375 757
Maryland 11.9% 26.6% 430,351 8,493
Massachusetts 9.8% 28.0% 632,558 17,276
Michigan 15.1% 24.8% 841,234 17,657
Minnesota 13.2% 27.7% 545,404 7,040
Mississippi 22.1% 20.4% 308,111 7,122
Missouri 16.7% 22.0% 585,727 8,625
Montana 27.2% 26.6% 106,426 1,526
Nebraska 20.6% 27.2% 214,682 2,226
Nevada 18.5% 23.3% 308,755 5,339
New Hampshire 10.6% 27.4% 89,605 1,257
New Jersey 11.2% 28.5% 959,921 24,945
New Mexico 10.7% 31.3% 194,164 3,988
New York 10.8% 27.4% 1,969,550 51,024
North Carolina 17.2% 23.9% 936,425 12,305
North Dakota 25.7% 28.4% 105,215 1,474
Ohio 19.6% 24.9% 1,043,729 18,917
Oklahoma 23.9% 25.2% 444,288 6,700
Oregon 13.5% 24.1% 171,398 2,446
Pennsylvania 18.1% 25.1% 1,082,062 25,472
Rhode Island 11.8% 30.9% 142,774 2,640
South Carolina 17.7% 22.4% 564,931 9,304
South Dakota 14.8% 30.1% 120,154 1,947
Tennessee 20.5% 19.6% 826,371 12,022
Texas 17.0% 21.9% 2,826,806 48,273
Utah 16.9% 18.7% 390,647 2,222
Vermont 8.5% 29.7% 21,388 233
Virginia 10.8% 25.3% 640,211 10,510
Washington 13.6% 26.1% 379,083 5,340
West Virginia 16.2% 25.5% 146,790 2,747
Wisconsin 19.2% 27.3% 647,091 7,394
Wyoming 33.2% 24.1% 57,070 703