Vaccine mandates

The Racial Gap Among the Vaccinated Has Essentially Disappeared

While the president insists on a top-down mandate, individuals making their own choices are achieving vaccination goals.

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Amid ongoing debates over the efficacy and propriety of COVID-19 vaccinations being mandated by certain industries—or if the Biden administration gets its way, being mandated for nearly all industries—here is a bit of good news: The long-feared racial gap in vaccinations seems to have disappeared.

According to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, as the rate of U.S. adults who report having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines continues to climb, the rates among racial groups are now basically identical, comprising 71 percent of white adults, 70 percent of black adults, and 73 percent of Hispanic adults. President Joe Biden's proposed mandate for all private-sector employees to be vaccinated has yet to take effect, so this is a good sign for the efficacy of general persuasion over a top-down mandate.

Ever since the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, media outlets and medical officials have speculated about the general trend among African Americans toward vaccine hesitance. There is indeed a historical mistrust of the medical establishment among African Americans, much of it rooted in historical experience. Most infamous is the Tuskegee syphilis study, in which 400 black men in Alabama who suffered from syphilis were instead promised treatment for "bad blood"; researchers gave them placebos and simply charted the disease's unchecked progress for 40 years.

While it probably wasn't the primary reason for vaccine hesitance, the Tuskegee study did take up a lot of mindspace when the shots were first rolled out. After the Food and Drug Administration granted the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine an Emergency Use Authorization in December, interest in the topic on Google suddenly spiked. Much of the Biden administration's early vaccination focus was on outreach to Americans of color, though data suggested that Republicans considered themselves even less likely to receive the vaccine.

But now, less than a year into the vaccine rollout and within the first six months of the shots' widespread availability, vaccine hesitancy along racial lines has completely evened out. The New York Times credits local efforts to remove individual barriers, such as offering transportation to and from vaccination sites, door-to-door canvassers who can answer people's concerns about the shot's safety or efficacy, and even public health campaigns that contrasted the vaccine's development with the Tuskegee study.

Of course, there are a multitude of reasons why people are hesitant of the vaccines, and therefore any number of reasons why someone might ultimately choose to take them: the Times article also mentions private employer mandates, the threat of the delta variant, and the Food and Drug Administration's eventual full approval of the vaccines. But most of these methods involve persuasion, not federal mandates. There's a lesson there.

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  1. The mandates work! Those darkies just don’t know what’s good for them so the kind, caring hand of government is needed to Encourage them to make the Correct and Moral choice.

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  2. Good to hear we’re achieving the vaccine goals! I was worried that two weeks to flatten the curve was a bit optimistic, but I guess we really can pull together and achieve tough goals if need be. USA! USA! USA!

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  3. Now that it’s no longer racist, the pogrom against the unclean can continue in earnest.

    A hint for the intern. The NYT is no longer acceptable as a journalistic reference.

    1. Chances are this is a lie fed to the NYT by the admin to be able push their narrative without Republicans pointing out POC were the largest group of anti vaxxers. I don’t think the NYT prints anything anymore that isn’t propoganda.

  4. President Joe Biden’s proposed mandate for all private-sector employees to be vaccinated has yet to take effect, so this is a good sign for the efficacy of general persuasion over a top-down mandate.

    Say what now?

    You WILL BE FIRED when this mandate “takes effect”. People are not voluntarily getting vaccinated because “Hey, this seems like a good idea” in a vacuum, they’re saying “when this takes effect, I won’t be able to pay my rent or mortgage”. So if anything, one might argue that mandates work.

    1. And the Joe Biden mandate is running in parallel with other state and local mandates. It’s mandates all the fucking way down.

    2. It’s rule by threat of tyranny. Not quite tyranny, but if everyone doesn’t do what they’re told, we’ll get the tyranny we asked for.

  5. You will not be able to leave home, brother
    You will not be able to log on, livestream and speak out
    You will not be able to put on a useless mask and skip out for beer during Don Lemon because
    The vaccination will not be televised

    The vaccination will not be televised
    The vaccication will be brought to you by Pfizer in 2 parts plus additional boosters
    The vaccination will not show you pictures of Fauci hyping himself and leading a charge by Biden, Wallensky, and Vivek Murthy to confiscate antivirals from Florida and Texas
    The vaccination will not be televised

    The vaccination will not impact Peolsi’s hair appointment
    And will not disrupt birthday parties for former presidents
    The vaccination will not give your freedoms back
    The vaccination will not get you to herd immunity
    The vaccination may give you significant long term side effects, because
    The vaccination will not be televised, brother

    There will be no pictures of NYC code enforcement handing out mask citations on Riverside
    Or trying to alter death certificates of accident victims
    FOX will not be able to report on Ivermectin At 8:32 on the Tucker Carlson Show
    The vaccination will not be televised

    There will be no pictures of Gavin Newsom dining at 5 star restaurants
    There will be no pictures of Gavin Newsom dining at 5 star restaurants
    There will be no pictures of covid-positive illegals being scattered across the country with a broken process
    There will be no slow motion or still lifes of Bill DeBlasio strolling through the Lower East Side with a $15,000 mask that the taxpayers bought him for just the proper occasion

    “In-person schooling”, “Civil Liberties”, and “Freedom” will no longer be permitted
    And Unicorn Abattoir will not care if Doocy finally got down with Psaki after a White House presser
    Because nobody will be in the street without their papers
    The vaccination will not be televised

    There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news
    And no contrary opinions on social media
    The theme song will not be written by Beyonce or Alicia Keys
    Nor sung by Barbra Streisand, Cher, Bette Midler, Bruce Sprinsteen, or Bel Biv Devoe
    The vaccination will not be televised

    The vaccination will not be right back after a message about low covid deaths in children, or the impact of comorbidities
    You will not have to worry with the government in your bedroom, the leftists in your bank, or the uncharged insurrectionists in solitary
    The vaccination will not go better with Coke
    The vaccination will not shut down Bagram Air Base
    The vaccination will put elites in the driver’s seat

    The vaccination will not be televised
    Will not be televised
    Will not be televised
    Will not be televised
    The vaccination will be no re-run, brothers
    The vaccination will be live

    1. “That vaxx is poisooooon”

      Bel Biv Devoe

  6. No dinger left behind.

    1. Please leave brandon behind.

  7. Man, to close that gap, it must have been nothing but black folks in the vaccine line over the last 72 hours.

    1. The numbers were forced to obey.

    2. Hip hop stations were non stop propaganda for the last 15 months, I still feel these numbers are suspect though.

    3. Nah they are just smarter. “You go first. I got your back”

      Actually a lot of that is probably driving new vaccinations. People are seeing that we are not dropping in the streets or turning into flesh eating mutants.

      Also Delta coming around. People are realizing that this is not just going to go away. By now everyone knows someone or more people who have had it.

  8. Are we still allowed to talk about natural immunity and herd immunity?

    1. No, those are Dangerous Misinformation Conspiracy Theories.

  9. I don’t automatically trust any survey from Kaiser. They have published plenty of garbage recently.

    1. They have permanente damaged their image with you?

    2. I heard they’re on a roll.

      1. You got him UA!
        Kudos

      2. They’ll parrot the views of anybody who Wilhelm the ship.

    3. In these times, any “racial” data regarding anything should be considered false and doctored to serve someone’s agenda.

      And Covid statistics have been proven to be fabricated time and time again, especially by hospitals.

      So any “rate of vaccination by race” data from Kaiser should be considered meaningless.

    4. The definition of garbage being something you don’t want to hear perhaps ? I doubt it is because of extensive evaluation of their methodology or statistical work.

      Kaiser has a long-standing reputation for high quality information. Did it suddenly stop when Covid hit for some secret reason?

  10. If you intend to talk about a “long-feared racial gap in vaccinations”, why the fuck would you look at a telephone poll of self-reported status instead of the CDC data on people who actually have been vaccinated?

    I mean, yes, the CDC “only” has ethnicity data on 65.2% of the fully-vaccinated, but that’s still vastly better than a phone poll of self-reported vaccine status.

    1. That gap hasn’t closed. There’s simply no way. This is a push poll to try to hush up the rabble.

      1. There is an argument to be made for the accuracy of the poll, based on the CDC data. Non-Hispanic whites are only 50% of the US population under age 18, while blacks are 14% of the population under 18. Eyeballing it, then, it’s entirely possible the CDC race numbers reflect the different age structures of the white and black populations, and adults of both races are equally likely to be vaccinated.

        But it simply does not make any sense to use a telephone survey with only 308 black respondents as the method of determining that the racial gap has closed when there’s direct-collected demographic data on who is getting vaccinated.

        1. Why isn’t there a way? What reason specifically.

    2. They are different methodologies. I wouldn’t throw out either one. With a 35% lack of data that is a big problem there. With self reported phone survey you have another problem.

      It is hard to say for sure. I haven’t looked hard at either one.

      1. There has been the difference between the two methods’ results for months and months. I believe the CDC numbers on average, simply because of the differences in average age and education in the subpopulations.

        The argument is fairly straightforward; many people who are unvaccinated are the type of people who do not respond to polling. This makes up the vast majority of blacks and Hispanics and others who are not vaccinated.

        However, the sort of absolute total idiots who are proud to tell you (truly or not) that they aren’t vaccinated are disproportionately white.

        So yeah, there’s probably a gap, but only because of the sort of proud white morons who are too online.

  11. I guess Sanjay Gupta admitted his network lied about Ivermectin. Let’s see if he’ll get on air alongside his fellow CNN hacks and admit it there.

    1. No, he walked it back like the fucking snake he is.

      1. And Don Lemon helped.

    2. Gupta got smoooooked on Rogan. Absolutely ruined his credibility everywhere outside the halls of CNN.

  12. This is unquestionably a bad thing. It removes an obstacle for the authoritarians.

    1. There never was an obstacle. Disparate impact was always just a bludgeon to use against people you disagreed with. It never was real. It’s literally a made-up concept to use an excuse to call your opponents racist.

      1. Mebbe. But for a brief, shining moment I was getting a thrill calling the pro-mandate people racist.

  13. My position is that Black people are smarter than White people. Do Black people vote against their economic interests because they’re worried about Mexicans jumping the border or abortion? No, they don’t. Those things are the predominant care of idiot Whites— who, again, are dumber than Black people— from Buttfuckistan, Arkansas.

    On this issue, it’s the same. Given how the government has treated Black people you can really understand the hesitancy of Black people to get a publicly-funded vaccine. But, once they kinda get the idea that this isn’t Tuskegee, they use their superior intellect and common sense and do what smart people do: get a shot in the arm that will reduce your chances of dying from Covid by 10-fold. That’s smart. OTOH, Snorting horse dewormer because Joe Rogan and Alex Jones told you to isn’t smart. Neither is believing that this is all part of Bill Gateseses’ plot to depopulate the world. Both those things are comparatively stupid compared to what Black people do. That’s because Black people are generally smarter than White people.

    Is there a book that compares the average common sense and emotional intelligence across racial lines? If so, there probably should be.

    1. Yeah, it’s called The Bell Curve.

    2. Racist bastard.

    3. In my age group IFR of unvaxxed is 0.3%.
      IFR of the vaxxed is 0.05%.

      That’s an actual risk reduction of 0.25%.

      1. That’s the kind of mathematics that make me think White people are dumb. I’m assuming you are White. Don’t blow my theory.

    4. My position is that Black people are smarter than White people

      When someone patronizes like that, you know he thinks blacks are natures children with no personal agency.
      I bet a line about the White Man’s Burden will be coming next.

      Do Black people vote against their economic interests because they’re worried about Mexicans jumping the border or abortion?

      And there it is.
      Shrike knows what the little black people’s economic interests are, and the just happen to be exactly what benefits his DNC bosses. And, unlike those dirty white proles, the little black people are cooperative and know to let their betters make all the real decisions.

      The sheer unwarranted snobbishness and paternalizing nature of this drivel gives away the fact that Shrike is actually a horrible fucking racist.

      1. Yep.

        2029 will be 100 straight years of Democrat mayorship and city council control in Pittsburgh.

        We have one of the highest rates of poverty among blacks for any city in the country, one of the lowest black employment rates, and one of the lowest graduate proficiencies of major city school districts.

        But the black people are so dumbed down and enslaved they keep voting for it.

    5. My position is that Black people are smarter than White people.

      Black people vote, and an almost unified block, for the party that fought a war so that they could keep black people as farm animals.

      In the aggregate, this shows that black people are demonstrably stupid.

      There is no refuting this.

      They vote FOR the people of the party who performed the Tuskeegee experiment. The people who created black codes, Jim Crow, the KKK.

      And their reasoning for this? The members of that party told black people that the OTHER party had decided to become the racists.

      Black people are, in general, stupid. It’s just a fact.

  14. Funny how the numbers always follow the commands of the elites.

  15. “The long-feared racial gap in vaccinations seems to have disappeared.”

    Feared by who?

    1. Fascists whose mandates have provable racially disparate impacts, and that makes it harder to shove it down the court system.

  16. This is based on a small survey.

    The actual data still shows a racial gap.

    Besides, who cares? What really matters is that more people are getting vaccinated regardless of race.

  17. I do not believe this “survey”, there is no way the huge gap completely disappeared in such a short period of time.

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