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The race gap in vaccination is disappearing, not the politics gap

Qaiser Family Foundation Reported recently About 78 percent of American adults said they had been vaccinated at least partially by October 5. Scientists generally believe this. 70% or more A population must be fully immune to herd immunity. Even better, some of the initial differences in vaccines across ethnic groups have gradually disappeared.

“Although as of October 5, 2021, whites make up the largest proportion of non-vaccinated people (60), blacks and Hispanics are less likely to be vaccinated than their white counterparts. Especially as the variety spreads, “the foundation wrote. “However, the statistics show that these disparities are narrowing over time, especially for Hispanics.”

Yet the report reveals some disturbing news – that is, the gap in vaccination has widened between ethnic groups, but not across different political factions. The observation speaks to a trend that Dr. Alfred Sommer, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dean Emeritus, told Salon that he took strong notice based on his personal observations: Refuse to get vaccinated and fall into one of them. The first two broad categories are people from disadvantaged groups, such as African Americans, who (as salons). Written by columnist D. Watkins.For many reasons (past experience, poor access to equal facilities, etc.) are skeptical about it all. Are Educated, if one takes the time and effort to work with one’s communities. ”

The second group of vaccine resistance groups is politically motivated, and white, and supports former President Donald Trump, who himself Vaccinated.

“The former is really worried about what’s best for their health,” Sommer said in an email. “The latter sees it as a political issue.”

Sommer also acknowledged the existence of the anti-vaccine movement that preceded COVID-19, which was very small and Despite the stereotypes of sex, mainly men..

Much has been written about how marginalized elements in the Republican Party meet. The cult of death, Help the imaginary goal of freedom by risking your life in violation of public health. Yet it has happened there too. Pushback in the Conservatives. Everyone who reacts refuses to be vaccinated, wears a mask and follows other public health guidelines.

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The observed political division is according to the election. Of course, a former. Survey Findings from the Caesar Family Foundation in September found that the rate of vaccination among adults was racially and ethnically similar, with approximately 73% Hispanic adults, 71% white, and 70% black adults being vaccinated. Comparison rate suggested. Yet there was a significant difference when it came to political self-awareness. While 90 percent of Democrats have received at least one dose of the vaccine, only 58 percent of Republicans.

When it comes to policy priorities, this leads to some obvious differences. While 83 percent of Democrats believe all school staff and students should wear masks (and 11 percent believe it should apply to at least non-protective students), only 29 percent support the Republican mandate. Yes, only 7% are willing to compromise. Strictly enforce them on immunizations and 60% oppose them. Similarly, while 79% of Democrats support state and local government requirements for indoor businesses to require proof of vaccination, 78% of Republicans oppose such measures.

Dr. Russell Medford, chairman of the Center for Global Health Innovation and Global Health Crisis Coordination, echoed some of the figures presented by the Qaiser Family Foundation.

“The danger of this political sentiment is that it seeks to sow mistrust and confusion among the American population over the basic, non-political and scientific beliefs about the rate of covid 19 cases, hospital admissions, deaths, vaccine effectiveness and safety.” What should be the correct facts? Steps, “Madford explained. “An accurate and necessary policy discussion on vaccines, mandates and masks should be based on generally accepted facts, not misinformation and conspiracy theories.”

There are real-world consequences of misinformation and conspiracy theories, as Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote to Salon.

“Although the number of cases increased across the country, the proportion of cases in hospitals was very low in the states with low levels of vaccination, an ongoing work of vaccine protection against severe disease,” Gandhi explained. A. A recent New York Times article. It has been noted that although the number of cases of COVID-19 is usually higher in the blue states during the early stages of the epidemic than in the red, this has changed since the vaccine became readily available.

“The rate of vaccination in the states is low,” Gandhi told the salon. “And, really, by mid-September, In the counties, 52.8 percent voted for Biden. About 39.9 percent of Trump counties were fully vaccinated, a difference of about 13 points that did not diminish over time. So, yes, I think there is a political divide in the United States right now to get vaccinated. ”

Dr. Saad B. Omar, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, said it is unfortunate that so many Americans have invested so heavily in taking anti-vaccine or otherwise anti-science positions.

“Unfortunately, due to political dynamics in this country, retreating against vaccines or vaccine mandates, etc., has become important for many people to realize,” Omar told the salon. “It simply came to our notice then. Part of their identityOmar observed that before the COVID-19 epidemic, anti-vaccination beliefs were widespread on both the left and the right. Now that this has changed, the dynamics of the vaccine debate have become more and more politically polarized.

“There are a lot of rights voices that are skeptical, especially about this vaccine,” Omar pointed out. “And unfortunately more polarization and something like that has become part of people’s identities.”

This brings us back to Monday’s historical experiences. As he said, he has no doubt that there are Americans who have sincere concerns about the potential of the vaccine to harm them. They are in a different category from those who refuse to listen to science as a form of political warfare.

“As a public health individual, I understand and want to work with the former – who mostly want to be heard (if not acted upon),” Sommer explained. The latter do. no They even want to discuss it, because it is a political issue for them.

Here is a statistic that illustrates the great value of Trump who has chosen to politicize the Cove 19: it is believed that More than 90,000 deaths have been reported since June 19 It could have been prevented by a vaccine.

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