Hot Take: People Should Take A More Nuanced View On Why Blacks And Latinos Have Low Vaccination Rates

See, it’s not OK that whites, Asians and other non-black and Latinos might be vaccine hesitant. They just have no excuses. For blacks and Latinos, though, yeah, they have Excuses. Is there nothing these lunatics can’t turn into raaaaacism? They just don’t want to Blamestorm those groups for low vaccination rate, they don’t want to shame them, unlike with whites and others

US Black and Latino communities often have low vaccination rates – but blaming vaccine hesitancy misses the mark

By early July 2021, nearly two-thirds of all U.S. residents 12 years and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 55% were fully vaccinated. But uptake varies drastically by region – and it is lower on average among non-white people.

Many blame the relatively lower vaccination rates in communities of color on “vaccine hesitancy.” But this label overlooks persistent barriers to access and lumps together the varied reasons people have for refraining from vaccination. It also places all the responsibility for getting vaccinated on individuals. Ultimately, homogenizing peoples’ reasons for not getting vaccinated diverts attention away from social factors that research shows play a critical role in health status and outcomes.

As medical anthropologists, we take a more nuanced view. Working together as lead site investigators for CommuniVax, a national initiative to improve vaccine equity, we and our teams in Alabama, California and Idaho, along with CommuniVax teams elsewhere in the nation, have documented a variety of stances toward vaccination that simply can’t be cast as “hesitant.”

People of color have long suffered an array of health inequities. Accordingly, due to a combination of factors, these communities have experienced higher hospitalization due to COVID-19, higher disease severity upon admission, higher chances for being placed on breathing support and progression to the intensive care unit, and higher rates of death.

What the heck is a medical anthropologist? The Stanford Department of Anthropology terms it “Medical anthropology is the study of how health and illness are shaped, experienced, and understood in light of global, historical, and political forces.” A few other colleges are similar, and, this is apparently not in the medical field. Perhaps when the term started being used in 1963 it was something real. Now it simply sounds like more SJW/virtue signaling mule fritters.

And that mule fritters is simply a way to excuse Certain People from being shamed, lambasted, and/or simply cajoled into getting the Chinese coronavirus vaccine, like they do with Everyone Else.

However, vaccine uptake is far from universal in these communities. This is in part due to access issues that go beyond the well documented challenges of transportation, internet access and skills gaps, and a lack of information on how to get vaccinated. For example, some CommuniVax participants had heard of non-resident white people usurping doses that were meant for communities of color. African American participants, in particular, reported feeling that the Johnson & Johnson vaccines promoted in their communities were the least safe and effective.

So, they’re saying these people are too dumb, poor, and lazy to be able to travel not that far to get the vaccine, along with finding out about it? Isn’t that rather racist/bigoted?

Our participant testimony shows that many unvaccinated people are not “vaccine hesitant” but rather “vaccine impeded.” And exclusion can happen not just in a physical sense; providers’ attitudes towards vaccines matter too.

Another segment of unvaccinated people obscured by the “hesitant” label are the “vaccine indifferent.” For various reasons, they remain relatively untouched by the pandemic: COVID-19 just isn’t on their radar. This might include people who are self-employed or working under the table, people living in rural and remote places, and those whose children are not in the public school system.

Oh, good grief. These people. “Vaccine impeded.” “Vaccine indifferent.” It’s always something, and they spend the rest of the long screed providing Excuses, and really, no ideas to solve what they testified is real. I remember back when I started in the work field after college, a boss said “if you’re complaining without offering solutions, you’re whining.” These people are whining while also social justice warrioring and Excuse Making.

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13 Responses to “Hot Take: People Should Take A More Nuanced View On Why Blacks And Latinos Have Low Vaccination Rates”

  1. Hairy says:

    Blacks relresent 14% of thecpopulation but only 11% of the 11% of the vaccinated
    However if you look at thecdeep south populations MS LA AL you see that difference fades to insignificant
    Instead Teach YOU seem to wantvto make a point that just isn’t there

  2. Hairy says:

    And of course we all do still remember how long you teffered to covid as fake news just a plot to make beloved Trump look bad

  3. Dana says:

    It was two months ago, but I ran the numbers, and in foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia, the zip codes with the highest black percentages of the population had the lowest vaccination rates.

    The city government had been doing everything it could to get black Philadelphians vaccinated, with multiple vaccination sites, designed to get every poor neighborhood to have a site within walking distance, going through the community organizations and churches, and even sending volunteers door-to-door. The Philadelphia Inquirer blamed the lowered rates on blacks distrusting ‘white’ medicine, because there were medical experiments on blacks generations ago, but now the newspaper has quit covering the racial disparity, because it might make black people look bad.

  4. Dana says:

    It all boils down to one thing: if black Americans are vaccinated at lower rates than white Americans, it’s all the fault of evil white people.

    • Professor hale says:

      Maybe it is several reasons:
      Blacks are inherently smarter than whites?
      Blacks are tired of whites usung them for medical experiments?
      Blacks are busy doing shit and don’t have time for white man’s medicines that treat illnesses they don’t have.

      We know for sure it’s not because the government didn’t tell them about it and pay for it.

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Good grief. Viruses don’t care about no stinkin’ percentages. Viruses infect people, independent of pigmentation.

    There are millions – millions! – more unvaccinated white people than unvaccinated Black people.

    It’s ironic that nuCons (white people) reject the vaccine that their political Savior (Great White Hope) created for them! Suddenly, without warning, the vaccines became “ineffective”, “deadly”, “untested”, “not approved”, “fascist”, “D/democratic”, “tainted”, “profitable”, “dangerous”, “not a vaccine”, “gene therapy”, “mutating”, “mind control”, “abortifacient”, “crippling”, “cyclops babies”, “causes new variants”, “contain microchips”, “makes one magnetic”, “gives one Covid”… some even claim the vaccines kill more people than they vaccinate”! And nuCons keep dying from Covid-19, which they claim was created in a Chinese laboratory and released to the world to get rid of Grifter Don.

    It would be hilarious if it weren’t so serious.

    • Dana says:

      The scientifically minded Mr Dowd wrote:

      There are millions – millions! – more unvaccinated white people than unvaccinated Black people.

      Well, that’s true enough . . . but given that there are five times as many white Americans as black, it pretty much invalidates your point. The fact is that a larger percentage of white Americans have been vaccinated compared to the percentage of black Americans.

  6. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Good grief! William Teach should read the Yahoo article he summarizes and mocks.

    Besides his anti-intellectualism for mocking Medical Anthropology (nuCons hate academia, academics and research, preferring their own un/mis-informed ignorance and cruelty), he ignores legitimate reasons for not getting vaccinated. And these reasons would apply to poor, ill and elderly nuCons as well.

    Yes. It’s more difficult for the poor, the ill and elderly people to get a vaccine. Why? For reasons the not-poor take for granted. Transportation, time off work to get vaccinated, time off work if they have even a mild reaction to the vaccine, not being able to be caregiver to children or seniors in the home for a couple of days, childcare?, undocumented worried about being “turned in”… Is a “free” Lyft or Uber driver as likely to travel to a “dangerous” slum for a vaccine pickup?

    • david7134 says:

      You berate Teach, but at the same time make a fool of your self. You have no knowledge of “medical anthropology”, none. You certainly have zero knowledge of what motivates races to avoid vaccinations.

      • drowningpuppies says:

        Count the “strawman” arguments Rimjob attacks.

        Dipshit is losing it early today.

        Bwaha! Lolgf

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Rimjob once again is mumbling, trying to appear intelligent. Isn’t working, dipshit.

          BTW, William Teach is a dipshit.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Dookie goes blah, blah and blah.

        At least I read the article which is more than dookie or William Teach did.

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