MIT Study: Vaccine Hesitancy Is ‘Highly Informed, Scientifically Literate,’ and ‘Sophisticated’

By Rick Moran

Vaccine hesitancy is a big problem, according to the Biden administration.  Less than half the public is fully vaccinated while about 56 percent have received at least one jab.

The goal of fully vaccinating the American public appears to have stalled. This should not surprise us. When the vaccines were first approved for emergency use back in December 2020, 40 percent of Americans expressed skepticism about the vaccine.

Trying to shame the holdouts has failed spectacularly. Insulting and degrading them as “morons” or “ignorant” has resulted in a vicious pushback and a hardening of positions on getting vaccinated.

The administration’s plan of sending people door to door to vaccinate them only feeds anti-vaccine skepticism. Trust in authority is at an all-time low, which makes a government-sponsored vaccine program suspect.

Still, most experts agree that some people who should be getting vaccinated aren’t doing so. But the root cause isn’t ignorance or a belief in conspiracy theories. An MIT study on the problem revealed some surprising results.


Proponents of the vaccine are unwilling or unable to understand the thinking of vaccine skeptics — or even admit that skeptics may be thinking at all. Their attempts to answer skepticism or understand it end up poisoned by condescension, and end up reinforcing it.

The condescension is political in nature and crosses party lines. Sometimes, arguments against vaccination are mistaken for irrational thinking.

Sometimes the perception of irrationality is almost accidental, because arguments are usually social interactions, not strictly logical exercises. A vaccine skeptic may brush off a proponent by saying, “It’s approved for emergency use only; it’s not FDA-approved. I don’t think we should require it.” The skeptic is beginning with a fact that’s easily established and shareable. But when pressed, they might reveal that their line of thinking is elsewhere: “There are no long-term studies, and I’m worried about possible long-term effects.” Because the two objections aren’t exactly logically connected, the proponent concludes it is irrationalism all the way down.

But a study done at MIT showed that a substantial portion of public-health skepticism was highly informed, scientifically literate, and sophisticated in the use of data. Skeptics used the same data sets as those with the orthodox views on public health.

The study’s lead author, Crystal Lee, says those same exact data sets can be used by either side to marshal arguments.

MIT News:

The researchers combed through hundreds of thousands of social media posts and found that coronavirus skeptics often deploy counter-visualizations alongside the same “follow-the-data” rhetoric as public health experts, yet the skeptics argue for radically different policies. The researchers conclude that data visualizations aren’t sufficient to convey the urgency of the Covid-19 pandemic, because even the clearest graphs can be interpreted through a variety of belief systems.

“A lot of people think of metrics like infection rates as objective,” says Crystal Lee. “But they’re clearly not, based on how much debate there is on how to think about the pandemic. That’s why we say data visualizations have become a battleground.”

In fact, because of the data sets being used interchangeably, vaccine skepticism becomes logical and rational.

But most vaccine skepticism, if by that we mean reluctance, is not based on conspiracy theorizing — it’s based on risk-benefit calculations. You may think it’s an innumerate calculation. But when you look at patterns of uptake in the United States, two factors stand out, factors that are larger in their effect than partisanship: age and density. The older you are and the denser your community, the more likely you are to be vaccinated. The younger you are, and the more rural your community, the less likely you are to have gotten it. This reflects the real facts about the risk of death from COVID. People may be wildly overestimating their risk from the vaccine and underestimating their risks from COVID — but they have the directional thinking correct. Those who are in less danger, act like it.

This is why vaccine choice is so important. Why have the same mandate for someone who lives in New York City and someone who lives in rural South Dakota?

A more holistic approach to vaccine skepticism is needed if we are to get everyone who needs to be vaccinated protected. Allowances must be made for the legitimate concerns of citizens who, for their own reasons, don’t want to get jabbed. But if indeed, individuals are doing their own risk-benefit calculations, it would help enormously if the Left would refrain from their sickening condescension toward those with serious, legitimate questions.


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20 thoughts on “MIT Study: Vaccine Hesitancy Is ‘Highly Informed, Scientifically Literate,’ and ‘Sophisticated’”

  1. WHY is Fauci not in prison for perjuring himself in front of a Congressional hearing? I would love an answer. AND, when’s the last time you heard anyone disrespect a senator (by calling Rand Paul a liar and saying he does not know what he is talking about) and get away with it with no reprimand whatsoever?? In a real world, he would have been led out in handcuffs.

  2. If this does not tear your mind apart, nothing will. Thank you, Jim for putting this on your Bitchute Channel. Forget about the Rothschilds, the DNA scam AND your personal MD (good for broken bones and stitches) It’s all nonsense. Thank you, Dr. David Martin. Since this amazing scam is now being exposed, maybe we can now all understand WHY they want us all dead. They’re afraid of being hung in the streets.

      1. Of course, the following video is in regard to Australia, but someone might show this to TRUMP so he realizes the shit storm he started here in the US. To state the obvious, the vax is a human altering injection that will never be safe. Never. It’s not meant to be. It’s meant to kill us.

      2. I appreciated Igan’s videos for a long time until he accepted the Chistchurch shooting as real. Maybe he has redeemed himself. I’m not certain.

        Conclusion: This was not a Lone wolf shooting by a white supremacist. This was an organized hit using multiple players as clearly seen and evidenced by the shooters own video. Jacinda Ardern is a liar and the people of New Zealand are being disarmed under false pretenses – And its happening so fast because the Government is terrified of what will happen if the people find out. The previous observations stand as 4 very clear and resolute points that cannot be disputed, cannot be debated, are not open to speculation or conjecture. They are simply facts made extremely clear by the shooters video itself.

        All claims of “CGI/Hoax” etc appear to be based on speculation and conjecture that I feel is purposely designed to create as much noise and confusion around the real and solid evidence as possible; to misdirect people away from placing any focus on some very real and indisputable facts contained within the shooters video, that confirm beyond any shadow of doubt that the NZ government is lying.

        The claims of hoax and CGI are damage control. People are being played and if they cannot get a bit of focus, learn to think for themselves and start reporting some real truth regarding this shooting, we are going to get totally screwed over this event. When properly examined, all evidence in the actual shooters video suggests that this shooting was real, and claiming its fake is one of the things that is going to be used to shut us all down.

        People simply do not realize how well they have been prepped for this event. And as I previously said, I havent been looking at this attempting to prove it either way. Belief is the enemy of knowledge. I look at each event separately and upon inspection, I simply cannot find one shred of anything substantial to prove any of the claims of fakery people are pushing regarding this shooting. In fact the more I look, the more I find exactly the opposite. I dont have any stake in what I see either way, Im just sharing my findings… and I tell ya… everyone has dropped the ball on this.

        This is my opinion of what I am witnessing occur with this event and people can feel free to think anything they want of me for pointing all this out.

        Max Igan

  3. Over 10,000 DEATHS have been reported in the US in direct connection to people vaccinated by the 3 Covid 19 vaccines.

    VAERS data released today by the CDC showed a total of 463,457 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 10,991 deaths and 48,385 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 9, 2021.

    Data released on Friday, July 16, 2021, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included 463,457 reports of injuries and deaths, across all age groups, following COVID vaccines — an increase of more than 25,000 compared with the previous week.

    The data comes directly from reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S.
    Nearly 11,000 Deaths After COVID Vaccines Reported to CDC, as FDA Adds New Warning to J&J Vaccine • Children’s Health Defense (

    Yesterday I received a sick and desperate letter from the VA begging me to get vaxxed. The letter was filled with threats and lies. File:


      1. I don’t see how you can resist such a sincere and heartfelt request, Don.

  4. Here’s two data points that might make you reject vaccines or at least doubt their safety. My best pal just got diagnosed with a tumor next to his pancreas after a couple months in agony. I didn’t try that hard to talk him out of his plan to get his two planned death injections. Because i knew it was pointless. But I did try. Within a couple months of the vaccine, he started experiencing severe abdominal pain. He was once the most healthy and fit person you are likely to meet. He regularly skin skies up mountains sometimes climbing 9 or 10,000 feet a day. He thinks people that ride ski lifts are pussies.

    Data point two: Another friend’s wife was pressured into getting the vaccine by her employer, an outfit called Vail “Health”… what a crock of a name. It was once called Vail Valley Medical Center for 50 years. It’s become a monster of an organization. Best place on Earth for orthepedic surgery. I brought in Dolf Lungren to get his knee scoped a couple years ago. But Vail Health coerced a Lupis sufferer into taking the shot. She is barely alive at this moment.

    All indications are of another impending Kung Flu shutdown. The Death Cult running Earth into the ground, cats like Claus Schwab are pushing the Kung Flu Two to eradicate most of humanity. If they get their way, won’t be safe to live many places. I relocated to South Dakota, one of the few bastions of freedom left in this realm. I was in Deadwood last night and it was the most lively place you can imagine. I saw one mask wearing fool out of 20,000 people I came across. There is zero Kung Flu fear here. I highly recommend you’ll check out the Black Hills. There’s only three Governors with any balls and one of them is a woman, this fantastic lady named Kristi Noem. The people here are awesome, running into a liberal is as rare as meeting Sasquatch at Starbucks. Check out this guy’s t-shirt. South Dakota is the cure for liberalism. None of them have even heard of Drag Queen Story Time. Check out this t-shirt of a man I met on the street last night.


    1. Welcome to my new state Dave. I’m down in Florida now hosting at a State Park. My brother lives in Fargo. (North of Normal) as we call it,

  5. My skepticism about the safety and efficacy of the inoculation is based on scientific observation of the high probability that the 2020 US presidential election was massively fraudulent. The “vaccine” is being pushed by an illegitimate puppet dictatorship that is in obvious cognitive decline. The Medical Industrial Complex is not only highly profit driven, but one of the most untrustworthy segments of our society. Almost all medical practice is now under full corporate control similar to the M5M. We not only have an overabundance of fake news, but plenty of fake medicine and medically unnecessary treatments as well.

    If people were given a choice between HCQ, Ivermectin, or the emergency approved vaccine, there would probably be less skepticism of the entire system. It doesn’t help that a racist nitwit that did not win a single primary is parading around as VP and could take over for a fallen Bozo at any moment.

  6. >>Vaccine hesitancy>>

    This recent agglutination of our language is on the rise. The left, government agencies, and others and their neologisms about sex, gender, various “rights,” etc, verges on the ridiculous. IE: it is just collateral damage, not dead, innocents.

    I imagine a “safe” word like hesitancy rather then a simple “refusal” can work against the censorship so nanny bots on social media sites won’t see them as dangerous I guess for now :-))
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    >>The administration’s plan of sending people door to door to vaccinate them only feeds anti-vaccine skepticism.>>

    The reality that 40 million weapons were sold last year with almost half to new gun owners may also be part of the equation I would offer.
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    It doesn’t take an MIT study to figure things out.

    1. There has been NO ISOLATION of a coronavirus called COVID-19, just the cut and paste microscopic photos of Exosome sacs, our body’s natural response to help absorb toxins from Respiratory insult, Stress, Fear, Disease, and 5G type fields combined with the media’s “plannedemic” propaganda.

    2. A vaccine can not be made without a virus, ergo, no CV-19=no vaccination.

    3. (June, 2021) Spanish researchers put the Pfizer vaccine under an electron microscope and found it contains 99% graphene oxide and hardly anything else. meaning they are injecting poisons into healthy people.

    4. Regarding the publics lack of trust…for decades those of us who actually explore the agendas of the various nefarious groups fully understand their plan is a highly reduced population, living 24/7 under track, trace, and data basing in 5G SMART cities, stacked and packed with no personal vehicles nor access to the country side subsiding on a governtment dole with expected compliance to whatever they want.
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    All this is excellent RED PILL ammo for normies as none of this is political, just factual.
    The last would be the lack of exaggerated mortality.

    Consider the following figures- US Total deaths by year per CDC:

    2013: 2,596,993 2014: 2,626,418 2015: 2,712,630 2016: 2,744,248
    2017: 2,813,503 2018: 2,839,205 2019: 2,855,000 2020: as of 11/14 total deaths= 2,512,880


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