What percentage of Trump supporters are not vaccinated

US health authorities suspect a group of potential vaccine objectors: Republican white men

The number of daily vaccinations is increasing in the USA at a gratifying rate. Even Trump is promoting the Covid-19 vaccination - but only half-heartedly.

The absolute numbers of vaccinations administered in the USA have continued to soar. A new milestone was reached in mid-March with an average of more than 2.5 million vaccinations per day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 12 percent of the population are now fully vaccinated; more than a fifth of the 320 million people are said to have received at least one dose.

The rate of vaccination in the USA continues to grow

Coronavirus vaccinations administered per day (in millions)

Non-binding guidelines

However, it is practically impossible to say which part of the population is now protected. The CDC published uniform guidelines, but these are non-binding. Each member state can decide for itself to what extent it wants to adhere to it. Alaska and Mississippi have extended vaccination permits to all adults in general.

But in many other countries, by far not all people over 65 years of age are vaccinated because other population groups - health workers, emergency services, teachers and school employees, state employees and government officials, or members of other professional groups considered to be "essential" - also received first priority. Of course, political considerations also play a role, and no one wants to define in a uniform manner the exact age at which the group of “older people” should begin.

Tuskegee's unfortunate syphilis experiment

While most Americans are still longingly waiting to get a vaccination appointment, the immeasurable foresight of the media and the authorities has been haunted by other concerns for weeks: the potential objectors. At first, the dark-skinned population was at the center, because there is supposedly a particularly high level of distrust of the state health authorities. This goes back to an infamous experiment with syphilis in Tuskegee (Alabama), it said. In fact, latently infected black men were recruited there in the 1930s in order to be able to study the course of the disease without treatment, even though they had been promised such treatment.

But then it turned out that the comparatively low numbers of dark-skinned people vaccinated had less to do with distrust of the authorities than with the fact that the procedures for vaccination registration were often in no way tailored to their living conditions or that other population groups crowded into their vaccination centers .

Trump's supporters don't want to

A recent poll by the publicly funded radio confirmed this: It was not because the black population did not want it that they were not vaccinated. Essentially, they are ready to take this protective measure to the same extent as other groups. Instead, it was now the Republicans - more precisely, the mostly white men who normally vote Republicans - who came into the focus of the authorities. In the same survey it turned out that almost half of this population group does not want to be vaccinated. President Joe Biden publicly shook his head and spoke of "that macho thing," while leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said a word from former President Donald Trump might help.

It was then up to Fox News to pick up the thread, and Trump did not miss the opportunity to advertise the vaccinations in a telephone interview from his new home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida - more or less clearly. Trump actually said the vaccinations were a good thing, they were protective and they were safe. So he could recommend that. But at the same time he emphasized that there was also the matter of individual rights and that one had to live with that too. So he's still dancing at two weddings. It is also noticeable that to this day he has never publicly confirmed that he and his wife Melania were vaccinated, even in the White House.

Honor where honor is due

Trump also claimed in the interview that no one wanted to praise him for making the rapid development of vaccines possible with Operation Warp Speed. This is proven to be wrong; even the otherwise critical New York Times had to admit that the rapid development of vaccinations was only possible thanks to Trump's initiative. He took a significant risk with this multi-billion dollar public-private partnership in May 2020, bought vaccines in bulk that were not yet available, and thereby enabled a significant portion of their development to be funded.

But it is also true that he then screwed up the start of the vaccination campaign. On the one hand, like practically the entire western world, he was obviously completely surprised by the company's success. Otherwise procedures and infrastructures for distributing and administering vaccinations would certainly have been set up and tested in the USA and elsewhere over the summer and autumn. Trump left the whole thing to the overburdened member states, not least because he had already started to gloss over the extent of the pandemic for electoral reasons.

In an earlier version it was erroneously mentioned that the study objects in the infamous Tuskegee experiment were deliberately infected with syphilis.