Wyoming Counties That Backed Trump Have Lower Vaccination Rates

President Trump faced former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday,October 22,2020, in a debate at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. (Stock Image Used Under License)
President Trump faced former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday,October 22, 2020, in a debate at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. (Stock Image Used Under License)

By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
(this story originally appeared on Cowboy State Daily)

Following a national trend, Wyoming counties that saw the highest percentage of their voters support the re-election of former President Donald Trump also generally have the state’s lowest percentage of vaccinated residents.

However, the rate of vaccination for Wyoming, which had a higher level of support for Trump than any other state, is also slightly above the national average for areas where a majority of voters supported Trump, according to figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Chart showing vaccination rates compared to votes for Trump
Percentage of votes for Trump compared to percentage vaccinated against COVID-19

The foundation, in a county-by-county review of vaccination rates and the local conditions that effect them, found that in counties where voters backed Trump, vaccination rates averaged 28.5% of the population. In counties with a majority of support for President Joe Biden, the rate was 35%.

However, in Wyoming, where almost 70 percent of the voters supported Trump, the state’s rate of fully vaccinated residents is set at 34.3%, higher than the national average in areas that voted for Trump.

The trend outlined by the Kaiser Family Foundation is generally followed in Wyoming counties, however.

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Figures from the state Department of Health and secretary of state’s office showed that the Wyoming County with the highest level of support for Trump, Crook at 88.6%, also had the lowest vaccination rate at 19.4%

Similarly, in Campbell County, where 86.8% of the voters cast their ballot for Trump, the vaccination rate is 19.4%.

In Teton County, where the support for President Joe Biden was the highest in the state — 67.1% — the county also has the highest vaccination rate in the state, 71.1%. Albany County, which saw the second-highest level of support for Biden in the state at 48.8%, also has the second-highest vaccination rate in the state, 45.3%.

 

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