Around half of the total residents in the rural area of the U.S. have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines shot already or are planning to, but 1 in 5 are still saying that they would not be definitely be getting vaccinated, as per an analysis which was released on Friday by a research.
Vaccine Hesitancy In The Rural Areas
The researchers have surveyed that around 1,001 of the adults that are living in the rural America and have found that around 54% of the total have said that they would be receiving a Covid-19 vaccine shot or are planning to.
1 in 5 of the total rural residents in the U.S. have said that they would not be getting vaccinated definitely. Around 73% of the total respondents would be leaning Republican and around 41% of the people would be identifying as the White Evangelical Christians.
There is nothing much unique about people living in the rural area which makes people feel uncomfortable in getting vaccinated as said by the KFF President and also the CEO Drew Altman has said in their statement. It is the rural areas that have quite a larger share of all people in most vaccine-resistant groups of people: the White Evangelical Christians and Republicans.
This report also suggests that the access to these vaccines shots is not a problem in the rural communities. Around 11% of these rural residents that have been surveyed are yet to receive another vaccine shot as said by the people that have tried for getting the appointment, as compared to about 21% of the people in the urban areas and around 22% in the suburban areas. Around 68% of the total residents in the rural areas have already said that they have enough vaccination sites in the rural area, as compared to the 52% of the urban and about 55% of the people in the suburban areas.
The team did also note another gap for the access among the Black rural residents. The black respondents are much less likely as compared to their White or the Hispanic counterparts for reporting the adequate supply of the Covid-19 vaccine shots or vaccine places in their respective communities.
Alan Morgan, who is the president of NRHA or National Rural Health Association, has told a news agency that the rural communities can not solely rely on the different pharmacies that are not generally accessible to the residents for the vaccine distribution.
They need to have different vaccination sites or places like in the small towns, since it is very unlikely that the people in the rural areas of the U.S. would take a day off to the work, for getting on the commuter bus for reaching a place that takes an hour to the site.
The researchers have already expressed their concerns that a large number of the residents in the rural areas that say that they are not set on getting vaccinated might mean that the rural communities are lagging behind most of this population in the vaccination coverage.
Morgan has said that although the number of the total rural residents that have got the vaccine is the major cause of the hope but he is very concerned.
The major reason behind the concern is that at the centre of one’s heart of the experts know that these individuals are the ones that are most at the risk, with one of the highest and worst chronic health issues, other communities which already have been very slow in adopting the public health measures they are at the finish line, they already have another vaccine hesitancy concern.