Who is and who isn’t getting vaccinated by income – 24/7 Wall St.
According to Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention COVID Data Tracker. More than 75 million, or 36%, received a booster shot.
Although the percentage of people receiving two doses of the mRNA vaccine or one injection of the single-dose vaccine is encouraging in the fight against the viral disease, it still leaves almost 40% of the American population without any protection against COVID-19. , or with the reduced protection of a single dose. Less encouraging is the relatively small percentage of those who receive the much-recommended booster shot.
Many public opinion surveys have attempted to discover the reasons for the lack of vaccination in a large part of the population. A recent study pointed to income level as a possible factor in lower vaccination rates.
To determine who is and who is not getting vaccinated by income, 24/7 Wall St. examined the United States Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. The survey collected data on the vaccination status of Americans 18 and older based on a number of characteristics, including household income. For each income level, the survey reported the total population as well as totals for different vaccination statuses. We calculated the percentages of unvaccinated people, those who received at least one dose and those who received three or more doses.
Conducted over a two-week period ending December 13, 2021, the survey also collected data on why people said they were not going or planning to get vaccinated. Discover the 13 reasons why people don’t get vaccinated.
The survey highlights the correlation between income and vaccination status. The higher the income level, the more likely the person is to be vaccinated. Conversely, as household income decreases, the percentage of unvaccinated people increases.
At the highest income level noted in the survey – $200,000 and above – the vaccination rate stands at 94.2% with at least one dose, with 54.3% with three shots. Barely 5.5% are not vaccinated.
The unvaccinated rate almost quadrupled to 20.6% for those earning less than $25,000. While almost 80% of the population at this income level received one dose, less than a quarter received all three shots – less than half the level of the highest income bracket.
Although questions about possible side effects and distrust of the government as well as the vaccine itself rank in the top three places for vaccine hesitancy, 1.9%, or 651,339 respondents, said cost issues prevented them from getting vaccinated.
What is surprising is that vaccines are free, so in theory, how much a person earns shouldn’t prevent them from getting a dose. But there could be other financial reasons beyond the cost of shooting. People have to take time off work to get the hit, and low-income workers might not want to lose a day’s pay.
Could giving low-level workers a paid day off for the vaccine increase vaccination rates? A survey carried out over the summer by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests: Some 73% of workers whose employers support vaccination or offer paid leave reported having received at least one injection. In workplaces that are less vaccine-friendly or don’t offer paid time off, the percentages fell to 41% and 51% respectively.
Perhaps reimbursing workers for a day’s wages to get vaccinated could increase vaccination rates and curb the spread of the virus. (See: COVID-19: States fighting it most successfully.)
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