Here’s why there’s a gender gap in Arizona and US COVID-19 vaccination rates

The percentage of Arizona women who had received at least one dose as of Tuesday was higher than that of men in every age group, data showed.

By Stephanie Innes, Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic

There’s a gender gap in Arizona COVID-19 vaccination rates in addition to racial, economicand geographical disparities.

About 43% of all Arizona females had gotten at least one dose of vaccine as of Tuesday, compared to 37% of all males, according to calculations based on vaccination administration numbers and 2019 demographic data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The percentage of Arizona women who had received at least one dose as of Tuesday was higher than that of men in every age group, the data showed.

Among people 65 and older, 79% of Arizona men in that age group had received at least one vaccine dose compared with 84% of Arizona women of the same age.

“It’s definitely a thing. It could be in the end we reach herd immunity with women,” said Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association and a former state health director. “It’s making a difference. It’s slowing us down.”

More than 1.5 million women in Arizona had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, compared with about 1.3 million men, which is a nearly 19% difference in raw numbers. The overall gender breakdown in Arizona is about 50-50.

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