I'm really surprised at the hesitancy to get vaccines in the US. I work for a US company, and I realise the people I interact with aren't representative of the whole population, but everyone I work with has been vaccinated for months. I just got an alert in the last 30 minutes with my appointment for my second dose for next Tuesday. So I assumed the US was way ahead of Ireland in terms of vaccination, you have all the doses. I've just looked it up, we now have 50.2% of the population fully vaccinated (and about 63% of the adult population). We have given out 107.8 doses per 100 people here, and the data I have has the US at 101.7.
I wonder is part of our response to the vaccine the fact that it was unavailable for so long, and the fact that everything has been closed here for so long. Pubs are still closed, indoor dining might come back next week. Indoor dining, , attendance at sporting events and concerts etc will probably be limited to those who have proof of vaccination or a recent negative test which may be motivating the younger generation who are only starting to get their first doses around now.
Is the fact that it was so widely available in the US making it seem unappealing to many? Or is there just genuinely that much anti-vaccination sentiment, and vaccine hesitation? We've heard for many years that Ireland is a very religious county but looking at US politics and political discourse it seems that the religion is far more intertwined in public life in the US than it has been in Ireland for most of my life.