Story at a glance:

  • Women are more likely to get vaccinated than men.
    • There may be several factors at work.
    • Black and Hispanic men in Los Angeles get vaccinated far less than Asian and white men who live in the same area.

Men are less likely to be vaccinated than women, and some of the factors are due to career advantages and race disparities.

The Biden administration wants to get 80 percent of adults vaccinated. However, a report from The New York Times highlights how gender roles and one's race can affect vaccination rates.


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The report shows that women get vaccinated 10 percentage points more than men, and considering that vaccination rates are declining, according to The Washington Post, the divide between men and women could be further exacerbated.

The Times points out that women are more likely to be in specific occupations that require taking care of people, such as nurses, teachers, home aides, etc., that would warrant their facilities to have vaccination drives.

Politics may also play a role, as more conservative people are less likely to get vaccinated. 

On April 18, in an interview with Kaiser Health News reporter Laura Ungar and NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro, they discussed the gender gap in American vaccinations, with Garcia-Navarro saying there is "a lot of vaccine hesitancy among conservative men."

Ungar sided with the statement, saying conservative men and other similar ideologies romanticize being strong, undermining the importance of preventive care.

"Research has shown that men's desire to kind of be strong and their role in society does play a part in whether or not they get preventive care and whether or not they are getting the shots. But that message needs to get out that men need to kind of, you know, take it upon themselves to go out and get their vaccines and to make the effort that they need to make to get it," Ungar said.

The Times reported that health experts are also worried race disparities may play a role in vaccination access.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health indicates that 19 percent of Black men in Los Angeles County and 17 percent of Latino men have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Compared with 35 percent of Asian men and 32 percent of white men.


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Published on Apr 22, 2021