The US still rejects the vaccine despite the spread of Omicron, why?

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As the COVID-19 micron mutation spreads in the United States, the daily number of confirmed cases is approaching 200,000, but the vaccination rate is stagnant at 62%.

Boostershot is the only solution for now, but most of the 39 million US adults who have never been vaccinated still do not plan to get the vaccine, the New York Times reported yesterday (25th) local time.

According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit research institute in the United States, only 12% of unvaccinated people said they were more likely to get the vaccine because of a mutation in the micron.

The other 88% say they haven’t changed their minds about vaccines.

In response, The New York Times analyzed that the spread of omicron mutations is convincing people who are refusing to be vaccinated.

This is because early studies on the mutation of Omicron show that Omicron is less likely to develop severe than other mutations, and that existing vaccines do not prevent infection of the mutation.

But experts worry that about 15% of unvaccinated adults could be at risk of serious illness or death from omicron mutations.

The Cleveland area hospital, where the number of Omicron patients has surged, is already full of life support wards.

There are political reasons why Americans refuse to be vaccinated.

According to the New York Times, 91% of Democrats have had at least one vaccine against the virus, compared to 60% of Republicans.

In areas with traditional Republican supporters, such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, and Alabama, the vaccination completion rate is around 50%, far below the national average of 62%.

Republican governors and Attorney Generals are fighting legal battles against the federal government to make vaccines mandatory.

Former US President Donald Trump recently announced that he had received a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine, but emphasized that “the mandatory vaccine must be abandoned. People should be free.”

The New York Times argued that vaccinated people are younger, politically Republican, and white compared to those who have been vaccinated.

Foreign policy, a US diplomatic magazine, also analyzed those who refuse to be vaccinated.

Foreign policy saw that there were psychological reasons first.

A typical example is the ‘random bias’, in which we are more sensitive to the damage caused by taking a certain action than to the loss caused by not taking the action.

It is a psychology that takes the side effects of getting a vaccine more seriously than getting COVID-19 because you don’t get the vaccine.

As the vaccination rate goes up, the disease incidence decreases.

The benefit of being vaccinated is not getting sick, which is difficult to accept as a ‘reward’.

Foreign Policy also analyzed that in the United States, the attitude of powerful Republicans, especially former President Trump, influenced supporters to reject the vaccine.

In the case of Trump, he encouraged vaccination during his tenure, but at the same time expressed his doubts about the vaccine, and this attitude contributed to the anti-vaccine attitude among American conservatives.

In response, Foreign Policy explained that after explaining the survey results to Republicans that vaccination was a patriotic act to help the United States, they asked if they would like to be vaccinated.

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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