As much of the country emerges from masking and social distancing, undervaccinated pockets in the U.S. still threaten to bring the virus roaring back.
Less than 25% of the population is fully vaccinated in at least 482 counties, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by Bloomberg News. Many of these counties are more rural and less economically advantaged than the rest of the U.S., and a majority of their voters in the last presidential election chose Donald Trump, according to the analysis of 2,700 U.S. counties.
Though more than 174 million Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, accounting for about 64.6% of the adult population, such averages belie stark gaps in vaccination rates at a local level. With more contagious versions of the virus like the delta variant taking hold, this creates opportunities for further spread.
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- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 8:32 am:
This is perhaps the best reason of all why Illinois should not emulate red states.
“still threaten to bring the virus roaring back”
Will the virus come “roaring back” among the vaccinated? According to one report, the overwhelming number of hospitalized are unvaccinated. A recent study shows vaccines greatly reduce hospitalization from the feared Delta variant.
- Watcher of the Skies - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 8:32 am:
It’s really fun when you compare it to a map of the 2020 election.
==So all of Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan hit the mark, but we don’t? Come on guys, get it together.==
Don’t know what map you’re reading or what counties you clicked on but “all of Iowa, WI and MI didn’t ‘hit the mark’” unless 25% of the population is the mark being sought. (It’s not.) Cook County IL, for example, at 42.7% vaccinated is still far off the national figure, is not a hotbed of Trump voters, and has a large population. Everybody needs to get it together and not sit around blaming other people and pointing fingers.
- TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 9:34 am:
=Will the virus come “roaring back” among the vaccinated? =
Only if it mutates into a form that evades the vaccine.
And it’s mutating constantly. As long as it keeps spreading, it keeps mutating.:
Yes, 42.7% isn’t great but it’s not all that different than the 48% in DuPage or the lower amounts in Kane and McHenry. These counties have managed to get a lot of jabs in arms by opening mass immunization centers. But now it gets harder as one needs to one by one find the unvacced and remove whatever barriers they have to vaccination.
It’s lazy to threaten that low vaccination areas “threaten to bring the virus roaring back” without considering why hasn’t the virus roared back in those areas already? COVID is not waiting to pounce or attack like an army General executing a strategy. If it were to happen, it would have happened (in its current form), especially as those areas probably are not social distancing nor adhering to masks. *standard disclosure: I know COVID is real, I had COVID, I know people who have died from COVID, yada yada yada.
Three of the counties under 25% are in the Eastern Bloc: Jasper, Cumberland and Lawrence.
- Fayette County - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 2:36 pm:
This anti-vaccine mindset helps explain why we have Mary Miller as as Congressperson and Wilhour as our State Rep. Those of us who have been fully vaccinated are greatly outnumbered. Zagreb dont give up hope….most around here would take having the lowest vaccination rate in the state as a badge of honor so we still may win the Gold.
I really wish they had done a better job of colors on the map. Green or blue should’ve been used for over 25% vaccination and red/orange for under.
- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 3:01 pm:
Why wouldn’t a correlation exist between anti-mitigation/anti-vaccine attitudes and higher infection rates? That seems pretty evident. Maybe the infection rates would be even higher in Trump country if many who live there didn’t get vaccinated.