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PhDs the most vaccine-hesitant group of all

A new study from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh in the US revealed that the most educated people were the least likely to get vaccinated.

Published: August 12, 2021, 10:40 am

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    In Germany and elsewhere, those who refuse the jab have been called “Covidiots” suggesting that such people are stupid. And the unvaccinated have not only been shamed, but bribed, excluded from participation in daily life or portrayed as victims of mis- and disinformation campaigns.

    Surveys consistently also found that Democrats were much more likely to report having been vaccinated than Republicans. Republicans, on the other hand, were much more likely to say that they definitely do not want to get vaccinated. Rates were therefore lower in counties that voted for Trump in the 2020 Presidential election compared to those that voted for President Biden and the gap has grown.

    Thus, the unvaccinated are said to be uneducated, poor Trump supporters. But while the unvaccinated may be disenfranchised conservatives, they are undoubtedly also smart.

    According to a new paper by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the unvaccinated are not the stupid ones. The researchers analysed more than 5 million survey responses, including various demographic details, and listed the people who would “probably” or “definitely” not take the shot as “vaccine hesitant”.

    Some of the findings were predictable – counties with higher Republican support during the 2020 presidential election coincided with higher vaccine hesitancy in the period between January 2021 — May 2021.

    But in terms of the breakdown in “vaccine hesitancy” by level of education, the highest hesitancy were noted among those least and most educated. Those with a master’s degree had the least hesitancy, while the highest hesitancy was among those holding a Ph.D.

    In the first five months of 2021, according to the study, the largest decrease in hesitancy was among the least educated — those with a high school education or less. Meanwhile, hesitancy never dropped in the most educated group – by May this year, Ph.Ds were the most hesitant group.

    The less educated have evidently changed their minds about having the shot while those with the highest level of education in society, steadfastly remained vaccine sceptics.

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    • Markangelo

      With their pointy noses in books, crooked necks, bent backs, stomach pooch, skinny legs they are not a very healthy group as a whole. Take care of their mind forget their bodies !

      • ISeeaBadMoonRising

        It’s not about degrees, but something called COMMON SENSE, It’s an emergency approved “vaccine.” Thanks, but not.

      • DaveGinOly

        PhDs are people who learned to do independent research. Maybe they’ve just done their own research on the vaccines. The vaccines are failing. That’s already evident. Just not to the people with their “pointy noses” in their cell phone screens, trying to compete with others’ social credit scores by supporting lies such as those propounded by BLM, Antifa, and Dr. Fauci.

        Don’t forget your booster shot. You’re going to need it.

      • WhyTheLongFaceJohnKerry?

        You state a faulty premise, that taking the fake “vaccine” is somehow taking care of their bodies, when in fact it’s submitting one’s self to being a human guinea pig. I’m no PhD, but no thanks.

    • denverlikewow

      Actually, the majority, people buying the whole covid vaccine scam, are the “covidiots” The author knows this, but, the bulk of the real “covidiots” do not.

    • chief8742

      “Thus, the unvaccinated are said to be uneducated, poor Trump supporters. But while the unvaccinated may be disenfranchised conservatives, they are undoubtedly also smart.”

      This author shoots himself with his own biases.
      First, he separates vaccinated vs vaccine ‘hesitant.’
      Then, he makes the outrageous assumption I quote above.
      Obviously, he is such a newb he doesn’t remember who got the ball rolling on the shot.
      Secondly, he is in love with big, authoritarian government, which is why he cannot understand those who question.
      Conclusion: (s)he’ll be wailing what to do when it turns out all those young persons who needlessly got the shot begin to die prematurely.

    • dsntrstdbsrvr

      As someone with a Ph.D & a J.D. who is unvaccinated, and who has no plans to put any experimental mRNA vaccine in my body anytime soon, especially when the inventor of mRNA vaccines, Robert Malone, accurately describes the problem with the Wuhan virus vaccine, I am not surprised by these findings.


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