Who are the French who refuse vaccination against Covid?

Income, place of residence or political orientation are not sufficient to explain opposition to the vaccine. These are the conclusions of two researchers interviewed by The HuffPost.

 Nine months after the start of the vaccine campaign, some French people are still not convinced of the need to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Only 56.6% of the population  completed a complete vaccination schedule and 67.6% received a first dose. In a worrying context, illustrated by the examples of Martinique and Guadeloupe entering a new phase of reinforced confinement, the executive continues to remind people of the importance of vaccinating as many people as possible to get out of the health crisis.

Yet the vaccine divides and continues to spark debate. While the government says not to be vaccinated is to be irresponsible , others believe that these people do not have the intellectual or material means to understand the need to be vaccinated.

The criticisms leveled against unvaccinated people may be as numerous as the reasons not. Of these, the material factor is perhaps the most surprising. Indeed, despite the free vaccine, data has shown that there is a correlation between income level and vaccination rate.

Researcher at CNRS, Florence Debarre works on modeling in evolutionary biology. If statistics on the vaccination rate are not part of her field of predilection, the questions raised by the health pass and the vaccination obligation challenged the researcher when she realized that there was data showing a correlation. between the income level of a municipality and the vaccination rate of its inhabitants. But do the rich really accept to be vaccinated more easily than the poorest? She explored the question. And according to her, vaccination highlights, like the epidemic itself, social disparities.

“Social inequalities in health are known and documented, but when I traced my first figure and saw the magnitude of the effect, I was surprised and shocked to realize it. I thought we had to share it and let it be known in order to identify how to put things right, ”the researcher told HuffPost .

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