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Faye Flam

Don’t Shame Vaccine-Hesitant Republicans

Fact-based explanations are much more likely to get the vaccine-indifferent off the sidelines.

Ideal for social distancing.

Ideal for social distancing.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

As if we didn’t experience enough Covid shaming in 2020, pundits are now advocating the shaming of vaccine-hesitant people — especially the roughly 40% of Republicans who say they’re in no rush to get the jab. 

Political outrage has clouded scientific reasoning here.