Less than a month remains until July 4, which was President Biden’s goal for 70% of adult Americans to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
It seems that it will be very difficult to get there.
As of Tuesday, nearly 64 percent of adults in the United States had fired at least one shot, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The key issue is that demand has fallen. After the initial crushing, the number of doses administered daily decreases sharply from the beginning of April.
- There is a huge political divide. Speaking over the weekend, former President Donald Trump took out a loan to distribute the vaccine and told a crowd of supporters in North Carolina that “most of you” were probably vaccinated.
- But studies show Trump supporters at least claim to have been vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated. Remember that Trump was vaccinated before he left the White House, but that was announced months later. Unlike other government officials who tried to encourage people to shoot, Trump did so in private.
- The best 22 countries (including DC) with the highest adult vaccination rate, all went to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
- Some of the least vaccinated countries are the most pro-Trump. Trump won 17 of the 18 countries with the lowest levels of adult vaccination. Many of these states have a high percentage of white people without higher education.
But it’s not just about politics:
- Black Americans, who vote predominantly democratically, do not receive the white vaccine. Less than a quarter of black Americans have received a dose of the vaccine since Tuesday, according to the CDC. This is the lowest of all the racial or ethnic groups listed.
- Black Americans also make up a significant percentage of the population in places like Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia. These are seven of the 10 countries with the lowest levels of adult vaccination, although the collection of data on race and ethnicity varies by country.
- Young people, who are also pro-Democrats, are also less likely to be vaccinated. More than 80% of people over the age of 65 received at least one shot, compared to just 45% between the ages of 18 and 24 and 51% between the ages of 25 and 39.
- And it doesn’t have to be about hesitation. May NPR /PBS NewsHour/ A Marist poll found that 75% of black adults say they got a shot or will get one when it is available. It was about the same as white adults, but older blacks chased whites when it came to those who said they actually got one.
- There was an even distribution of vaccines focus from Biden’s White House and they can’t be happy about falling behind.