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Polarization after COVID-19

Global study published in Nature reveals that the unvaccinated face prejudice in most countries.



IMAGE: PROFESSOR MICHAEL BANG PETERSEN, AARHUS UNIVERSITY

CREDIT: IDA MARIE JENSEN/AARHUS UNIVERSITY


Researchers urge authorities across the world to heal the cleavages in society left by the COVID-19 pandemic as the vaccinated are motivated to exclude the unvaccinated from family relationships and even protected political rights.


Across all inhabited continents of the world, people show prejudice and discriminatory attitudes towards individuals not vaccinated against COVID-19. This is the result of a global study from Aarhus University, which has just been published in the journal Nature.

Many vaccinated people do not want close relatives to marry an unvaccinated person. They are also inclined to think that the unvaccinated are incompetent as well as untrustworthy, and they generally feel antipathy against them.

The study shows that prejudice towards the unvaccinated is as high or higher than prejudice directed towards other common and diverse targets of prejudice, including immigrants, drug-addicts and ex-convicts.

In contrast, researchers find that the unvaccinated display almost no discriminatory attitudes towards the vaccinated.

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