When it comes to why people aren’t getting vaccinated, one reason proffered is that it’s difficult for people to get the vaccine due to access-related issues–can’t get time off from work, and so on. In other words, well-intentioned people lack the ability to get the vaccine, as opposed to being hesitant or anti-vaccine. But data from the Census Bureau suggest otherwise (image from here):
In red, I’ve marked the ‘disinformation’ reasons (I put “wait and see” in this category, and left out “don’t trust the government”); in green, I’ve marked the ‘access’-related reasons. It’s pretty clear anti-vaccination propaganda, not access, is the problem here.
For all income categories, “hard for me to get a vaccine” was no higher than four percent–and was highest in the upper income brackets, not the lower ones. Even if we were to assume that all of the people recorded as “other” referring to access issues, the lower brackets still only had twenty percent with access issues (and this clearly isn’t the case, since, again the higher income brackets had far more “other” plus “hard for me to get a vaccine” respondents).
This isn’t to trivialize access problems (and we should work on those, so if people do change their minds, they won’t give up), but the reality is most people who aren’t getting vaccinated don’t think it’s safe or useful for one reason or another. That’s not access, that’s propaganda and misinformation.