Politics is not the only factor causing vaccine hesitation in the United States, but the hyperinfectious delta mutation is a sign of how much politics the factor has grown and how vaccine politics is being formed. The body is the hardest hit. On average, there are nearly twice as many people. According to an analysis by Yahoo News, the states that voted for Donald Trump in 2020 have COVID-19 per capita, similar to the states that voted for Joe Biden.
Also, the blue states (on average) vaccinate more than half of their inhabitants, while the red states are 12 percentage points behind.
This annoying trend becomes even more apparent when comparing six specific states: Vermont, New Jersey, Minnesota, Florida, Louisiana, and Nevada.
Of course, the number of hospitalizations and vaccinations are not unrelated. Studies have repeatedly shown that all approved COVID vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalization (and death) by more than 95%.Similarly, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Estimate Currently, more than 97% of all COVID patients in hospitals are unvaccinated.
As a result, states with a large number of unvaccinated residents tend to be states with a large number of hospitalized residents, and these states tend to be disproportionately conservative.
How disproportionately conservative?glance With a state-by-state list of COVID data The pattern becomes clear. Only three of the 25 states with the lowest immunization rates voted for Biden. Only three of the 25 states with the highest vaccination rates voted for Trump. Similarly, only one of the ten states with the highest hospitalization rates (Nevada) voted for Biden, and only one of the ten states with the lowest hospitalization rates (South Dakota) voted for Trump.
Putting it all together, the big picture is not only disturbing but also impressive. According to Yahoo’s analysis, the average complete vaccination rate for the entire state that voted for Biden was 54.4 percent as of Monday morning. The average complete vaccination rate across the states that voted for Trump was much lower, at just 41.7 percent.
Second, these under-vaccinated red states are now bearing the brunt of Delta’s influence. Throughout Biden, today’s average hospitalization rate is only 6 per 100,000 inhabitants. Throughout Trump, that same rate is now almost doubled: 11.2 per 100,000.
Tragically, this gap will probably widen in the coming weeks. Over the last 14 days, hospitalizations in the Blue States have increased at an average rate of 24.4 percent. Red State hospitalizations, on the other hand, are increasing at an average rate of 60%, more than doubling.
Vermont leads the country with 67% of its population fully vaccinated. There, hospitalizations have fallen to less than one per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks. The nearby Massachusetts (64%), Maine (63%), Connecticut (63%) and New Hampshire (58%) also have stratospheric immunization rates, with more than 4 patients per 100,000 hospitals currently living. There is no one who has. COVID-19 (new coronavirus infection.
Beyond New England, Mid-Atlantic countries tend to resemble New Jersey: above-average immunization rates (58 percent), below-average hospitalization rates (5 patients per 100,000 inhabitants) .. In Upper Midwest, Minnesota, 54% are fully vaccinated. Only 3 per 100,000 hospitalizations — typical.
All these states voted for Biden.
Most Trump states aren’t as advanced either. Florida has 31 patients for every 100,000 inhabitants and currently has the second highest hospitalization rate in the United States, more than any other state (more than 6,600). Is hospitalized for COVID. In two weeks, we are rapidly approaching record levels. Less than half (48 percent) of Floridians are vaccinated and Even fewer There is a tendency to be vaccinated throughout northern Florida, the epicenter of the state’s outbreak. Due to the low vaccination rates in Missouri (41%) and Kansas (36%), hospitalization rates are similarly high.
The nearby Louisiana looks like this on the Delta list: There, hospitalizations have increased by 174% in the last two weeks and have hit 22 patients per 100,000 inhabitants. This is faster than anywhere else in the United States. Only 37 percent of Luizianas are fully vaccinated.
Again, politics is not the only factor. Seasonality can have an effect. Sunbelt also saw the worst spread last summer. Vaccine intake is relatively slow even in some democratic colored communities, and many of the southern and southwestern states where the Delta is currently causing the most disruption are black and Latino populations. There are many.
Nevada may explain this dynamics. Clark County (think Las Vegas) is the home of the Democratic Party, which voted nearly 10 points for Biden in 2020. However, only 41% of the population was vaccinated, and the increasing outbreaks in the county brought the overall hospitalization rate in Nevada to 34 for every 100,000 inhabitants. Worst in America right now. Millions of unmasked tourists who have been crowded indoors for long periods of time may be due to the hesitation of the Latino population of Clark County (about 30%). Probably as relevant (if not more) as that.
In any case, Nevada is an exception to prove the rules. The three blue states with the lowest vaccination rates, Arizona (45%), Nevada (44%) and Georgia (38%), are also the three blue states with the highest hospitalization rates. Rate, and the three that Trump was closest to winning in 2020.
Recently, there have been some encouraging signs at the forefront of vaccination.Average number of new vaccinations 28% surge last week, Perhaps in response to Delta’s anxious spread, and more and more Republican leaders Encourage followers to vaccinate..
Still, today’s vaccination gap only widens politically over time and does not diminish.
Approximately equal proportions of Trump voters (58%) say that Latin adults (57%) and black adults (55%) are at least partially vaccinated. Yahoo News / YouGov survey conducted earlier this monthHesitation is actually much higher among Trump voters than any other group.
For example, only 7% of unvaccinated Trump voters said they plan to be vaccinated in the future. This is much lower than the proportion of unvaccinated black adults (26%) or unvaccinated Latin adults (29%).
Similarly, more than two-thirds (68%) of unvaccinated Trump voters said they would not be vaccinated, but unvaccinated black adults (41%) or unvaccinated Latins. Less than half of adults (28%) expressed the same level of hard-core resistance.
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