One that embraced the vaccine, and one of "Anti-Vaxxers" that rejected it. The latter tended to live in close-knit rural, conservative areas and refute mainstream sources of information.
In one sparsely-populated, desert area, the Permian Basin region of west Texas and New Mexico, the COVID-19 death rate was higher than the national average—in some counties double the national average.
Vaccine hesitancy in this highly rural and ultra-conservative region was fanned by media narratives from decidedly anti-vaccine Fox News, where 54% of the population got most of their information.
The Permian Strategic Partnership, a non-profit collective supporting communities across the...