The authorities worry that people will not be vaccinated
In some ways, the increasing number of Mississippi appointments is to be celebrated-this reflects the increase in supply that has prompted states across the country to open up candidates to candidates over the age of 16.
But public health experts say the backlog of unclaimed citations in Mississippi is even more worrying: large numbers.
“It’s time to do the necessary work to overcome the hesitation we encountered,” said Dr. Obi McNair, an internal medicine physician in Jackson, the state capital. His office provides a large number of vaccines, but not enough users.
Experts say that although access to rural areas in Mississippi remains an issue, the state was one of the first states to open eligibility to all adults three weeks ago, which may herald what the country will face in the coming weeks.
Indecision has national significance. Experts say that 70% to 90% of Americans must be vaccinated to immunize the country’s cattle, at which point the virus can no longer spread throughout the population.
In terms of vaccination rates, Mississippi has a long way to go. According to state data, only a quarter of Mississippi residents have received at least one injection, compared to the national average of 33%. Other southern states including Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia also have lower vaccination rates.
A closer look at the demographics of Mississippi can explain why the hesitation is so obvious. The state reliably voted for the Republicans, a group that is still highly skeptical of the coronavirus vaccine. According to several recent public opinion polls, nearly half of Republican men and 40% of Republican men said they do not plan to be vaccinated. In the months since the vaccine was first available, these numbers have barely increased. In contrast, only 4% of Democrats said they would not be vaccinated.
Another factor in the state’s low vaccination rate may be Mississippi’s large African-American community. According to the state’s data, this community accounts for 38% of the state’s population but 31% of the injected dose. African Americans are still very hesitant about vaccines, although self-doubt and mistrust are largely related to past government misconduct, such as the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment in recent months Has reduced.
According to a survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation last week, approximately 55% of African-American adults said they have been vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated soon, an increase of 14 percentage points from February, and this rate is close to that of Hispanic America. The vaccination rate is 61% for people and 64% for whites.