- Several mainstream media outlets have recently stated that unaffiliated conservatives were responsible for the rise of Delta Covid in the summer.
- Republicans are 56% less likely to get vaccinated than Democrats 92%, and more likely to say they don’t plan to get the shot
- But the fourth wave of the pandemic has also been attributed to a reduction in African American vaccination rates.
- CDC data shows 33% of black Americans are fully vaccinated, compared to 40.4% of whites
- As of last week, 57% of those who started vaccination in the past 14 days were white and only 15% were African American
Fueled by the delta version of the pandemic’s fourth wave in the summer, some US states experienced the highest rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Health officials – and others in the mainstream media – have said unvaccinated people were responsible for the surge.
In some of the mainstream media, such as CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson an article published on Tuesday, specifically blamed conservatives.
But are the residents of the Red State really to blame? Short answer: yes, but not completely.
Republicans have been far less likely to be vaccinated than Democrats because the gap is only widening as the pandemic goes on.
However, they are not the only group with stable vaccination rates.
Black Americans are consistently less likely than whites to receive COVID-19 shots and Caucasians have higher rates than African-Americans in most states reporting a breakdown by race/ethnicity.
Several mainstream media outlets have recently said that non-vaccination conservatives were responsible for the Delta surge over the summer (above), but an analysis by DailyMail.com shows that’s not entirely the case.
Republicans are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID at 56%, compared to Democrats’ 92%, and more likely to say they don’t plan to get the shots
But vaccination rates among black Americans lag behind white Americans, CDC data show, with 33% of black Americans (orange line) being fully vaccinated compared to 40.4% of whites (purple line).
In his article, Collinson stated that conservative groups are most averse to getting the shot, which led to the fourth wave.
He wrote, “Rising gasoline prices and inflation, a global supply chain backup that could empty Santa’s sled, and a pandemic Biden was chosen to end, but will not dominate a testing political environment, ” they wrote.
‘It seems the economy has forgotten how to get people back to work.
‘This is largely due to a summer COVID-19 boom driven mostly by conservatives who refuse to vaccinate and who see masquerading and mandate as an act of government oppression.’
Collinson’s analysis is not entirely unfounded, with data showing a clear split in vaccination rates along party lines.
according to a report good Released from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) last month as of mid-September, about 53 percent of people in US counties voted for Biden, compared to 40 percent of counties that voted for Trump.
The gap has widened dramatically since April, when 23 percent of people in Biden counties were fully vaccinated, compared to 21 percent in Trump counties.
What’s more, a Gallup poll Published two weeks ago found that 92 percent of those identifying as Democrats have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 56 percent of Republicans.
what’s more, about a quarter Republicans say they will not ‘probably’ or ‘definitely’ get vaccinated.
This makes them the most vaccine-hesitant group in the country.
A total of 53% of people in US counties that voted for Biden (blue line) have been fully vaccinated, compared to 40% of counties that voted for Trump (red line).
Their protest comes despite former President Donald Trump’s vaccination against Kovid and encouraging his supporters to do the same.
‘I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want to get it. And a lot of them openly voted for me,’ he said during an interview with Fox News in March 2021.
But then, we have our freedom and we have to live by them and I agree with that too. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.
The reasons why conservatives oppose vaccines are unclear, but many within the GOP view the recent mandate as unconstitutional and a sign of government redundancy.
“Think about what those mechanisms could be used for,” North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorne said of the White House’s effort to go door-to-door to get Americans vaccinated. Interview At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas in July.
‘Then they could go door to door to get your guns. They could go door to door to get your Bible.’
But conservatives aren’t the only group that has low vaccination rates.
Health officials have also struggled to close the racial gap and vaccinate more African-Americans.
As of last week, 57% of those who started vaccination in the past 14 days were white and only 15% were African American
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that 37.4 percent of black Americans have received a single dose of the vaccine and 33 percent have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.
By comparison, 43.4 percent of white Americans have received at least one dose and 40.4 percent are fully vaccinated.
This disparity has proven true since the early days of the pandemic. According to CDC data, at the end of January 2021, only two percent of blacks in the US had received the initial shot, compared to four percent of whites.
And this gap is present in both red states and blue states.
DailyMail.com’s analysis of KFF data found that, out of 22 states that voted for Biden in the presidential election – and for which vaccinations…