States Biden Won Are Leading On Vaccines. Trump States Lag : NPR

It’s less than a month until July 4th that was President Biden’s goal that 70% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

It looks like it will be a long way to get there.

As of Tuesday, nearly 64% of US adults had at least one syringe according to Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The main problem is that the demand has subsided. After an initial crush, the number of daily doses given is a sharp decline from the peak in early April.

So what’s up? A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • There is a great political divide. Over the weekend, former President Donald Trump spoke in favor of introducing the vaccine and told a crowd of supporters in North Carolina that “most of you” have likely been vaccinated.
  • But Surveys have shown Trump supporters are the least likely to say they have been vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated. Remember, Trump was vaccinated before leaving the White House, but that was reported months later. Unlike other officials who tried to encourage people to get the shot, Trump did so privately.
  • The top 22 states (including DC) with the highest adult vaccination rates all went to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
  • Some of the least vaccinated states are the most Trump-friendly. Trump won 17 of the 18 states with the lowest adult vaccination rates. Many of these states have a high percentage of whites without a university degree.

But it’s not just about politics:

  • Black Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic, are not getting the vaccine as quickly as whites. Less than a quarter of black Americans had received at least one dose of vaccine by Tuesday. according to CDC. It is the lowest of all the races or ethnic groups listed.
  • Black Americans also make up a significant proportion of the population in places like Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia. These are seven of the ten states with the lowest adult vaccination rates, though data was collected by race and ethnicity was stained depending on the state.
  • Young people, who are also highly Democratic, are also less likely to be vaccinated. More than 80% of people over 65 have had at least one injection, compared with just 45% of 18 to 24 year olds and 51% of 25 to 39 year olds.
  • And it’s not necessarily about hesitation. The May NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll found that 75% of black adults said they had an injection or would have it if one was available. That was about the same as white adults, but black adults followed whites when it came to those who said they actually received one.
  • The equitable distribution of vaccines is a focus of the White House of Biden, and they can’t be happy with the delay.

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