Special Populations-Rural, Conservative Communities

Rural, conservative communities across Wisconsin hold low vaccination rates [ 1], of which puts them at greater risk of infection. As shown, a Wisconsinite’s 2020 presidential candidate preference is mostly predictive of their likelihood to become vaccinated [ 2]. Furthermore, according to the CDC, “Rural communities often have a higher proportion of residents who lack health insurance, live with comorbidities or disabilities, are aged ≥65 years, and have limited access to health care facilities with intensive care capabilities” [ 3]. Ultimately, such variables impose an increased risk of COVID related hospitalization and death for these communities [ 4].

WI Presidential Votes

Source: 2020 Wisconsin Presidential Vote Margins by County
Poblete, P. (2020, November 6). Wisconsin pollsters reflect on another election-year miss.WisPolitics.com. https://www.wispolitics.com/2020/wisconsin-pollsters-reflect-on-another-election-year-miss/

WI One Dose

Wisconsin COVID-19 One-Dose Vaccination Rates
Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (2022, April 14). COVID-19: Vaccine data. Retrieved April 28, 2022, from https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm#summary



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