New York Times: Vexing Vax Rate: How Many Montgomery County Residents Have Skipped their Shots


Attempts to get as many people as possible vaccinated have intensified as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the country, write Julie Bosman, Jan Hoffman, Margot Sanger-Katz, and Tim Arango for The New York Times.

Montgomery County currently has 46 percent of residents who have not been fully vaccinated. While that puts it among the counties nationwide with a lower share of unvaccinated people, there is still a ways to go to be able to successfully curtail the highly contagious Delta variant.

As surveys suggest, there are two groups of people who have not been vaccinated.

The group that is adamant in their refusal of getting the vaccine consists of people who are disproportionately white, rural, evangelical Christian, and politically conservative.

Meanwhile, the group of people open to getting a vaccine but have been postponing it or wait and see before making a final decision is more diverse and urban and includes many young people, people of color, and Democrats.

In surrounding counties, Chester County has the same percentage of not fully vaccinated residents, with Bucks and Delaware counties slightly lower at 44 and 42 percent.

Read more about the unvaccinated residents in The New York Times.