Most Marylanders are prepared to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as soon as they can, but a sizable portion of residents remain wary, according to a new Goucher College poll.

A poll conducted by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher found that even though 64% of Maryland residents plan to get the vaccine as soon as possible or have already received at least one dose, 15% want to first see proven results and 18% said they will only get vaccinated if they are required to do so.

“Vaccine hesitancy has declined among Maryland residents over the past few months,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College. “Notably, our poll results also show that Black Marylanders are not significantly more hesitant to get the vaccine than their white counterparts. There are, however, differences across party lines: Republicans are more resistant to taking the vaccine than Democrats. The big picture is that most Marylanders will get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to them.”

The poll found that 62% of African Americans in the state plan to get immunized or have already gotten at least one dose compared with white residents at 68% and 45% of residents of other races. As far as party affiliation is concerned, 71% of Democrats said they want to be vaccinated or have at least one dose compared to 54% of Republicans and 76% of voters who are not affiliated with a major party.

The poll released Monday surveyed 725 Maryland adults from Feb. 23-28, with a 3.6-point margin of error.

As of Monday, Maryland has administered roughly 1.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, with about 745,000 people receiving both doses of one of the two-shot vaccines available, according to the state health department.

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