The mainstream media has long pushed the notion that it’s “unvaccinated Trump supporters” putting everyone in danger by refusing to get COVID-19 shots. Thus, journalists and activists alike have had no problem calling for harsh retribution against anti-vaxxers, stating that life should be very hard on them until they “wise up” and get the shot.
However, a comprehensive analysis of the data has made it clear that those who are wary of getting the COVID-19 shot come from all walks of life — including many Democratic voters.
The breakdown in vaccine hesitancy by level of education is particularly surprising. Statistics show that Democrat voters are more likely to have a college degree than their Republican counterparts. In January 2021, individuals who had a high school education or less were more likely to refuse the COVID shot, however, this demographic has softened its stance. On the other hand, highly educated individuals with a Ph.D. were slightly more likely to refuse the jab than they were at the beginning of the year. Furthermore, white voters over the age of 50, many of whom are conservatives, were more likely to get the COVID shot than young individuals in the 18 – 24-year age bracket, even though young people tend to vote Democrat.
A look at vaccination rates by county also offers interesting insight. While it’s no secret that some Republican-led states have low vaccination rates and are battling COVID outbreaks, many don’t realize that pro-Trump counties in New York and other states have high vaccination rates. In Texas, vaccine hesitancy is high not just in rural, conservative areas but also in large liberal cities with liberal Democrat mayors. What’s more, vaccine hesitancy in these areas is highest among Hispanics and African-Americans. Statistics clearly indicate that most people in these groups are most likely not conservative Trump supporters.
There are many reasons people give for refusing a COVID-19 shot. Honest journalists admit that the fact these vaccines were given emergency approval is cause for concern. Limited testing has been done to determine the long-term impact of getting a ew shot with new mRNA technology. Others know or have heard of people who have experienced negative side effects.
There are other factors as well. Many people who live in rural areas don’t feel COVID-19 poses a huge threat, as their communities don’t get many visitors or don’t have huge super spreader events.
In any case, what can be said for certain is that vaccine hesitancy cannot accurately be linked to any one party. Democrat, Republican and independent voters all have their own reasons for either getting or not getting vaccinated. Of course, this doesn’t give the mainstream media an easy enemy to single out.