Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.
There are numerous reasons for hesitancy around the Trump vaccines, many of which are science-based and risk-assessment based, not to mention experience-based. And quite a few that are arbitrary.
But setting aside the destructive and viciously patronizing narrative, is is credible that vaccine hesitancy is only for stupid people? That smart people might have good reasons?
I don't believe it for a second, but consider what the mainstream narrative is proposing with respect to some groups.
Vaccines vs race/ethnicity
Low vaccination rates of Black Americans and Hispanic Americans mean that vaccine policies are de facto systemic racism, locking people of color out of venues and jobs—ask the 72% of young Black Americans in NYC about how that’s going for them (72% as of mid August 2021).
Both demographics defy the vicious mainstream narrative. As per kff.org:
...White people account for the largest share of people who remain unvaccinated (57%), but Black and Hispanic people are less likely than their White counterparts to have received a vaccine, leaving them at increased risk. These disparities in vaccination rates may lead to widening disparities going forward and limit the nation’s recovery.
Vaccine mandates = systemic racism = government policy.
Vaccine rates by education
Education and intelligence are not the same, and often neither relate to real-world understanding. I can tell you that just by seeing how people are equipped on a hiking trail, and dozens of other situations.
Below, so much for the “vaccine-hesitant = stupid” narrative. Is it true*? Dunno, but it very well could be. OTOH, it’s little more than a glorified survey and most scientific studies are bullshit*. Plus, I’d argue that its methodology is fundamentally flawed.
* Never trust a single study, see Why Most Published Research Findings Are False and RetractionWatch.com: 128 retracted COVID-related studies.
See the study itself (some people are turned off by this news source, but shooting the messenger is a non-argument): https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.20.21260795v1.full.pdf
bt Paul Joseph Watson, August 11, 2021
A new report by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh has found that the most highly educated Americans are also the most vaccine hesitant.
The researchers canvassed no fewer than 5 million Americans who responded to surveys on whether they were “probably” or “definitely not planning on getting a COVID vaccine.
The results will shock many.
“More surprising is the breakdown in vaccine hesitancy by level of education,” reports UnHerd. “It finds that the association between hesitancy and education level follows a U-shaped curve with the highest hesitancy among those least and most educated. People a [sic] master’s degree had the least hesitancy, and the highest hesitancy was among those holding a PhD.”
In addition, while the lowest educated saw the largest drop in vaccine hesitancy for the first five months of 2021, those with PhD’s were the most likely to not change their minds.
The study also reveals that the most common concern for those who are hesitant to take the vaccine is potential side-effects, with a lack of trust in government close behind in second.
WIND: to equate a masters in physics or computer science or economics to one in the burgeoning array of intellectually bankrupt soft fields seems to be a fundamental flaw of this study. The former require rigorous analytical thinking while the latter wallow in self-delusional social constructs lacking all scientific rigor. Are we to accept both as identical proxies for “education”?