Apparently vaccine hesitancy is now mostly among Republicans.

“Earlier in the pandemic, many different groups expressed hesitancy toward getting vaccinated. African Americans, younger Americans and rural Americans all had significant portions of their demographic that resisted vaccination. But over time, the vaccination rates in those demographics have risen, while the rate of Republican vaccination against COVID-19 has flatlined at just 59%, according to the latest numbers from Kaiser.By comparison, 91% of Democrats are vaccinated.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/12/05/1059828993/data-vaccine-misinformation-trump-counties-covid-death-rate

Operation Warp Speed, here and its international equivalents, was touted as a big Republican bragging point. What happened?

21 thoughts on “Apparently vaccine hesitancy is now mostly among Republicans.

  1. This is so trivial, I can’t even understand why it’s mentioned.

    Dr. Risch describes “the pandemic of fear.” From the beginning Dr. Zelenko said there was never any inevitability about anyone dying.

    In other words, the whole thing was mostly a fake. Mention that.

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  2. RE: “Apparently vaccine hesitancy is now mostly among Republicans.”

    Makes sense to me. It had to be mostly among some party.

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  3. If we’re going to be partisan

    https://wbckfm.com/new-pew-study-white-liberals-mental-problems/?fbclid=IwAR31He19RIfjSWPP9ULkiIiN12YG9vfoIfcC1IOYM4_-bEvV4pXOE7VxKCU

    Of course, both studies are suspect.

    There are too many unadjusted factors in both. For example, there is no adjustment in the vaccination numbers for those who have already had COVID and recovered, and thus have no need of vaccination.

    Further, there is no explanation in the Pew study for why the other 44%/66% have not yet been diagnosed.

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    1. “ In October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of heavily Trump counties died from Covid, more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties (7.8 per 100,000). October was the fifth consecutive month that the percentage gap between the death rates in Trump counties and Biden counties widened. Some conservative writers have tried to claim that the gap may stem from regional differences in weather or age, but those arguments fall apart under scrutiny. (If weather or age were a major reason, the pattern would have begun to appear last year.) The true explanation is straightforward: The vaccines are remarkably effective at preventing severe Covid, and almost 40 percent of Republican adults remain unvaccinated, compared with about 10 percent of Democratic adults. (Leonhardt, 11/8)”

      https://khn.org/morning-breakout/covid-deaths-skew-higher-than-ever-in-red-states/

      Death rates are coincidental I am sure😇

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    2. I don’t doubt that liberals may be diagnosed with mental issues at a greater rate. They go to doctors, have more money, usually have better healthcare coverage, and are not afraid of treatment.

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      1. Ha, ha, ha, I thought, according to you, that Republicans and/or rural americans were semipermanent residents of the ER. Face it, liberals are brain dead zombies with a trail of baby sniffle hankies littering the environment of the sane adults that grew up.

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    3. …”had COVID and recovered, and thus have no need of vaccination.”

      Scientifically inaccurate. It has been shown that those who had COVID AND received a vaccines are better protected against severe disease than those depending only on natural immunity.

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      1. RE: “Scientifically inaccurate.”

        Depends on who you talk to. From National Review:

        “Watching the Smerconish program on CNN this morning, I was surprised to learn that Europe treats natural immunity attained after recovering from COVID the same as vaccination for purposes of public-health policy. The U.S. does not. Lawsuits have been filed seeking to remedy that disparity.

        “Smerconish asked his guest — UCSF infectious-disease expert Dr. Monica Ghandi — whether we or Europe had the better approach in this regard. She said that the studies are in ‘equipoise,’ that is, some show vaccines offering better protection and some natural disease. She concluded that because natural immunity does seem to protect against severe disease upon reinfection — as this study also indicated — Europe has the better approach.”

        https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/germany-treats-natural-immunity-the-same-as-vaccination/

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  4. So, 91% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans are vaccinated for Covid-19. What can we make of the observation?

    A lot depends on whether mass vaccination proves to have been a wise public health policy for this particular disease. The answer to that question seems to me to be a known unknown at this point.

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    1. As the article pointed out, the death rates are significantly different in the Republican counties, 60% or more voting for Trump, than in Democratic counties, 60% or more voting for Biden. The differences were from 2.7 times to 5.5 times more deaths per 100,000 people.

      This seems to correlate with the vaccine hesitancy rates. Perhaps the vaccine is actually working as it should. Unless you count the deceased as immune also. Which, I suppose is technically true. And those poor bodies won’t be incubators for new variants. But that is a rather rough way to go to avoid a vaccine, in my opinion.

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      1. The idiocy continues with those who try to convince others that natural immunity is BETTER somehow, than vaccine when the science has PROVEN that the added protection of a post-COVID infection VACCINATION is the best way to protect yourself.

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          1. When liberals bring up European countries as examples of healthcare, etc., the answer from conservatives is usually “we aren’t Europeans”.

            But I guess that is only about things you folks don’t like.

            But, there is still a lot we don’t know about COVID. We do have credible numbers, however, that vaccines saved lives as evidenced in counties and states that show higher rates of vaccination.

            We are experiencing a surge now, severe in some places, with Delta. The winter months could make it worse. So waiting for the Omicron news might not be the best tactic.

            Meanwhile, the conspiracies abound. And folks are still dying.

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          2. RE: “Meanwhile, the conspiracies abound. And folks are still dying.”

            What conspiracies could you possibly be talking about? You might note some of the details in the story at the link. Most notably that the medical expert CNN interviewed “is Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief (Clinical Operations/ Education) of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF/ San Francisco General Hospital.”

            In any case, the issue at hand is a scientific, not a political one. Mr. Green is incorrect to claim that, “science has PROVEN that the added protection of a post-COVID infection VACCINATION is the best way to protect yourself.” The evidence goes both ways in equal measure.

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          3. For your viewing pleasure:

            “ Incendiary FOX News host Tucker Carlson is now baselessly claiming that the Pentagon’s Covid vaccine mandate aims to identify ‘sincere Christians,’ ‘free thinkers,’ and ‘men with high testosterone levels’ in the U.S. armed forces. MSNBC’s Brian Williams has details.”

            Like I said, the conspiracies continue.

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