Vaccine Resisters Dig In

Vaccine Resisters Dig In

Vaccine hesitancy among Americans continues to hover around the mid-20s. Vaccine hesitancy has many reasons. Unfortunately, the administration's attempts to boost vaccination by offering incentives are yet to show significant results.

Anjali Krishnan
Anjali Krishnan

26% of Americans have no plans to vaccinate soon or at all in the most recent IBD/TIPP poll conducted in late May.  The number is identical to our survey taken a month earlier.

The late May survey of over 1300 Americans shows that 64% of Americans are vaccinated (fully or partially). Of them,

  • 46% are fully vaccinated
  • 17% have had the first dose

36% of Americans are not vaccinated at all. Among them,

  • 10% are waiting for a vaccine to become available
  • 10% have no plans to vaccinate soon
  • 16% have no plans to vaccinate at all
TIPP Poll American Vaccination Status - Chart
TIPP Poll American Vaccination Status Continued - Chart

Declining Momentum

According to the CDC, 147.8 million Americans have received all of their vaccines. That's about 44.5% of the population.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic's toll, more than a quarter of Americans are hesitant to get vaccinated.  As a result, per-day vaccination numbers are steadily on the decline.  From over 1.35 million vaccinations in mid-April, recent vaccinations per day numbers have fallen to around 870,000 doses.

Under The Hood

According to the IBD/TIPP Poll, slightly more than one in four, 26%, of Americans have no plans to vaccinate soon or at all.

Analyzing the data based on age, income, race, and political affiliation shows the demographic groups most resistant to getting the shot in each grouping.

Age:

  • 34% of the 18-24 age group
  • 28% of the 25-44 age group
  • 28% of the 45-64 age group
  • 16% of the 65 and above

Income:

  • 35% of under $30K
  • 22% of $30-$50K
  • 25% of $50-75K
  • 14% of $75K +

Party affiliation:

  • 12% of Democrats
  • 36% of Republicans
  • 36% of Independents

Race:

  • 26% among Whites
  • 30% among Blacks
  • 22% among Hispanics
TIPP Poll Breakdown Of Americans With No Plan To Vaccinate - Chart

Incentives

States and cities are offering various incentives to encourage vaccinations. Here are some of the exciting offers.

  • Maine – fishing and hunting licenses to residents
  • Maryland – a chance to win $40,000 in a lucky draw
  • New Jersey – state parks pass for free
  • New York – 50 four-year scholarships to any public college or university in the state
  • West Virginia - $100 savings bond

Besides these, numerous sweepstakes and cash prizes are to be won, ranging from $40,000 to $5million!

Such incentives may motivate the 10% 'waiting for the vaccine to become available' to seek a vaccination center and make an appointment. In addition, incentives could give an impetus to another 10% who are putting off the vaccine for later. But, it is not likely to sway the 16% who have no plans to get vaccinated at all.

Though the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy vary, it has primarily to do with concerns regarding its safety, fear of side effects, distrust of government sources and health organizations, and many consider it a matter of personal choice.

President Biden has set a goal to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4th. But, at the current rate, that may be hard to achieve.

The Covid-19 vaccine being a new entrant, many have opted for a wait-and-watch approach rather than volunteering to get the shot. However, more information and persuasive statistics regarding the efficiency and safety of the vaccines could convince those temporarily putting off getting vaccinated to comply sooner.


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TIPP Takes

EU Must Be 'More Robust And Resilient' Against Russian Attempts To Undermine It

European Union's Top Diplomat Josep Borrell
European Union's Top Diplomat Josep Borrell

The bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, presented the Commission's proposed policy options on EU-Russia relations entitled "Push back, constrain and engage."

  • He said that "the deliberate policy choices of the Russian government over the last years have created a negative spiral in our relations." He warned that the EU "needs to be realistic and prepare for a further downturn of our relations with Russia, which are right now at the lowest level."
  • The EU plans to more systematically push back against human rights violations and defend democratic values; to continue to raise Russia's consistent breaches of international law in Ukraine, Georgia, and elsewhere; to reaffirm its support to Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence; and reaffirm its support to the Russian civil society.
  • Presenting a united front is critical, Borrell said, acknowledging that at the moment, "Russia is not interested in engaging with the EU and it prefers to do directly and talk to member states" to secure bilateral deals.
  • It would also require the EU to further develop its cybersecurity and defense capacity and its strategic communications to defend itself against cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns originating from Russia.

Taiwan, US Sign Arms Procurement Deals

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMAR)
High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMAR)

The deals, announced by Washington last year, would improve the nation’s counterstrike capability in the event of being attacked.

  • Taiwan has signed two procurement contracts with the U.S., purchasing two weapons systems to boost its defense capabilities.
  • The contracts were signed by Taiwan’s defense mission in the U.S. and the American Institute in Taiwan.
  • The ministry provided limited details of the systems, saying that one is “a long-range precision-fire system” while the other is “a batch of missiles.”
  • A source close to the matter told the Central News Agency that the two packages are the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and the Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems.
  • Local defense experts have said that the systems would significantly boost Taiwan’s asymmetrical warfare capabilities.

African Union Launches Probe Into Alleged Rights Abuses In Tigray

Tigrayan Family In Ethiopia
Tigrayan Family In Ethiopia

Ethiopia calls the inquiry ‘misguided’ as international scrutiny intensifies over months-long conflict in the northern region.

  • The African Union (AU) has launched a commission of inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Ethiopia’s northernmost region of Tigray. A bloody seven-month conflict in the region has led to warnings of famine and allegations of ethnic cleansing.
  • In a statement, the AU said the commission, created under the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, will begin its work in the capital of Gambia, Banjul, and will conduct investigations on “the ground and in neighboring countries when the conditions are met.”
  • An Ethiopian foreign ministry statement criticized the independent inquiry as “misguided” and lacking a legal basis and proposed a joint probe instead.
  • But members of the new commission said they had not received that statement from Ethiopia, adding the investigation into alleged human rights abuses will go forward.

Samoa’s Political Crisis Reveals Cracks In The Pacific

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, left, and Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: The former has refused to step aside after the latter narrowly won the island nation's election. (Source photos by Akira Kodaka and AP)
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, left, and Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: The former has refused to step aside after the latter narrowly won the island nation's election. (Source photos by Akira Kodaka and AP)

Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi's refusal to cede to Fiame Naomi Mata'afa in the Samoa election impasse is pure politics, but the solution will need to be indelibly Samoan.

  • According to Dr. Anna Powles, senior lecturer at Massey's Centre for Defence and Security Studies, and an expert in defense and security studies:
  • "First, three out of five Micronesian states withdrawing from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) moved quickly to acknowledge the election result and political turmoil in Samoa. The move was unexpected and again demonstrated the Micronesian states' willingness to test the 'Pacific way.' "
  • "Second, the responses from the two largest members of the PIF, Australia and New Zealand, were identical in tone but reflected two vastly different political realities."
  • "Third, the clamor that followed Fiame's statement that her incoming government would scrap the Chinese-funded Vaiusu Bay port indicates the impact of strategic competition on the Pacific. International media pushed the China angle, and Samoan social media debates revealed opposing views on Chinese influence."

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