Divided State of America: Republican vaccine hesitancy can be solved with education, facts
The United States is real close to having a fully-vaccinated population and an opened economy as Joe Biden's vaccination initiatives have surpassed expectations. The country is set to put the virus behind itself this summer but one group still remains in the way of that reality, the Republicans.
In this week's most recent episode, the Divided State of America with Heather Gardner mentioned that only six percent of Democrats won't get the vaccine compared to 41 percent of Republicans.
If Faucci said about 80 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity, it is imperative that Republicans, who make up close to half the country, get the shot. If they don't, the country's hope of reopening by the summer is not possible.
And to those who think a full reopening by the summer is not possible, it is. Look at Israel.
Israel is going off. And that could be America in a matter of months if everyone gets vaccinated.
Despite the high percentage of Republicans who are hesitant to get the prick in their arm, they can be swayed on the issue.
As Gardner discussed in the recent episode, a little bit of fact and education can actually change the minds of Republicans and get them to take the vaccine. I honestly thought the days of calmly presenting a fact in order to change opinions were over. But luckily for the health of all Americans, it isn't.
The Divided State of America explains below why there is hope that all Americans can safely get vaccinated with just a little education and some facts.
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About Ryan Lipton:
Ryan is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and majored in Business Journalism. He has written in the past for SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride, USA Today Sports Media Group, North Carolina Business News Wire, the Daily Tar Heel, and has worked with Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league.