Nearly half of white evangelical Christians and a third of black protestants in the US say they definitely or probably will not get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new survey.
On the other hand, more than 70 percent of Catholics and people who do not affiliate with an organized religion say they’ve had or will get a shot, the latest Pew Research survey shows.
Vaccine acceptance is up across the board in just the past three months, with 69 percent of Americans saying they probably or definitely would get a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 60 percent in January.
But the data quantifies an issue long-observed by public health officials: Many Americans with deeply held religious beliefs fear that vaccines somehow go against the tenets of their faiths.
Among white people, evangelicals are far and away the most wary of vaccines. Some evangelicals have tried to popularize a false notion that shots contain the ‘mark of the beast.’
But across all races, black Americans are most wary of vaccines.
Vaccine acceptance has increased among black people in the US, up from 42 percent in November to 61 percent last month.
Still, that falls well below the 69 percent of white Americanas who say they will or probably will get a vaccine, 70 percent of Hispanic people who want the shot and 90 percent of Asian Americans who say they will get vaccinated.
The Pew survey did not ask black protestants what particular denomination they belonged to, so it remains unclear what the levels of vaccine hesitancy are among black evangelicals.
Between two very disparate groups is a through-line of vaccine skepticism.
The roots of their distrust are very distinct, but promoted by similar figures in each community.
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Source: Daily Mail