Unvaccinated Americans are most likely to be younger, male, black and living in rural areas, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About 66.9 percent of the eligible U.S. population — ages 12 and older — have received at least one dose, and 60.3 percent have been fully vaccinated.
However, there is still a large proportion of the population that has not been immunized, which is worrying as the Indian ‘Delta’ variety continues to spread.
In addition, many are unlikely to receive the injections unless mandated by the government or an employer.
Seniors and Asian Americans were also found to be the most likely to have received the vaccine.
White and Black Americans are lagging behind in vaccine rollout, while Asian Americans are the most vaccinated group
Younger people are less likely to have received the vaccine than older Americans. Many young people are either not afraid of the virus or are afraid of the vaccine
Americans under 40 aren’t getting the vaccine at the same rate as their older peers, with less than half of this age group getting the shot.
Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of Americans over 40 have received the injection.
For example, the 18-24 age group accounts for 9.2 percent of the U.S. population but only eight percent of the vaccinated population.
This group may be particularly difficult to convince, as a study shows that 25 percent of unvaccinated people between the ages of 18 and 25 have no intention of ever getting the injections.
Young people who do not want to be vaccinated often do not trust the vaccines or believe that, being young and healthy, they are still safe from the virus.
However, this is a misconception, as COVID can cause harmful long-term conditions such as myocarditis and memory problems in survivors of any age.
Because every American under 12 – 14.4 percent of the population – is unvaccinated – other age groups should have a higher vaccine share than the population share.
Men are so far less likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine than women
Americans ages 25 to 39 represent 20.2 percent of the vaccinated population and 20.5 percent of the total U.S. population.
By comparison, the most vaccinated age group are those aged 50 to 64 — who make up 25.5 percent of the vaccinated population, despite making up just 19.4 percent of the U.S. population.
Overall, only 49 percent of people ages 16 and 17, 53 percent of people ages 18 to 24, and 57 percent of people ages 25 to 39 have received at least one vaccination.
From there, the numbers jump: 66 percent of Americans ages 40 to 49, 76 percent ages 50 to 64, 92 percent ages 65 to 74, and 87 percent of Americans ages 75 and older are at least partially vaccinated.
The gender distribution in this province is roughly equal – women make up 50.8 percent of the population and men 49.2 percent.
Women make up 52.8 percent of the vaccinated population, compared to 47.2 percent of men.
Overall, 59.4 percent of women and 54.9 percent of men have received at least one shot of the vaccine.
According to CDC data, white and black Americans are the least likely to have been vaccinated so far
Despite a racial divide that the vaccine received early in the rollout, the shots now seem to be more evenly distributed this late in the rollout.
Just over a third of white Americans, or 34 percent, have received at least one shot of the vaccine.,
In comparison, black Americans are lagging, with only 27.7 percent taking at least one shot so far.
In addition, black Americans, where they have received only nine percent of the total number of shots, despite making up 12 percent of the population.
However, this may have less to do with vaccine hesitancy and more to do with vaccine access.
Some mainly African American counties don’t have the resources or personnel to spread the vaccine in other communities as easily as possible.
An attempt has been made to close the gap, with even some in the private sector, such as Amazon, opening clinics in cities like Los Angeles and New York to close the vaccine gap.
Meanwhile, white Americans are responsible for 59 percent of those vaccinated, despite making up for it 61 percent of the population.
Asian Americans are overrepresented in vaccinations, making up 17 percent of those vaccinated, despite only making up 16 percent of the population
Overall, 47.6 percent of Asians have received at least one vaccine dose.
Urban areas have relatively high vaccination rates across the country (shaded above), while rural areas (shaded below) lag behind their urban peers, with barriers such as lack of access to information and lack of transportation playing a role
Many rural areas also have lower vaccination rates than their urban counterparts, although the reason may not be based solely on vaccine hesitancy.
Official data shows that 45 percent of people living in urban areas have received at least one shot of a vaccine, compared to just 39 percent of people living in rural areas, according to CDC data.
Rural Americans often have to travel further than their urban counterparts to receive the vaccine, and access to vaccine information is more difficult in areas that may not have full internet access.
However, efforts have been made to close the gap, with the dedication of the United States Department of Health and Human Service $100 million to increase access to vaccines in rural areas last week.
President Joe Biden also announced that his administration will support door-to-door vaccine campaigns across the country to bring the vaccine to people’s homes and enable them to get vaccinated without having to travel.
Door-to-door efforts have already started in some parts of the country, including rural Georgia.
In total, nearly 350 million vaccine doses of COVID-19 have been administered in the United States.
Nearly half of the US population is fully vaccinated and 57 percent is at least partially vaccinated.
Experts predict that the nation may need to reach 80 percent of the population to be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.