Yes, I’ve said multiple times currently in terms of COVID, the right wing is the bigger problem… and not just the typical radical religious right wingers. I think the majority of the right wing refusing vaccines are doing it for non-religious reasons- it’s like some hill to die on (quite literally) about personal freedom that makes little sense.
I’m not trying to make a political slight against the left or make some competition of who is more antivax. I’m just saying anti-vax people do actually exist and there’s a significant number of them out there. I’m not sure why I even have to prove this considering intuitively I’m sure you know they do. Going “all natural” has been incredibly trendy.
If you want to go back pre-pandemic though, before all this crazy partisanship around vaccines, I’d say the liberal crowd may have had an edge. For example:
Hollywood parents say not vaccinating makes "instinctive" sense. Now their kids have whooping cough.
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
Until California banned personal belief exemptions for vaccines, 36% of children were in a school below herd immunity. Some schools were 80% and below. The ban largely rectified the problem, however medical exemptions magically spiked 400%, most commonly in the schools that had high rates personal belief exemptions. That prompted CA to pass another law in 2019 scrutinizing medical exemptions by doctors.
Clark County, WA 2019- Only 81% of kids age 1 to 5 are MMR vaccinated.
“There’s no reason we should be having this outbreak”
On the topic of alternative medicine:
And how this leaves behind those who need it most
Many in their 20s and 30s are embracing alternative medicine, which includes everything from massage, meditation, acupuncture and yoga to herbal, nutritional and plant-based supplements and homeopathic remedies.
I suspect a lot of these all natural people have since sensibly changed their minds, at least when it comes to the COVID vaccine and their own body. What they decide in terms of vaccinating their children is yet to be seen. Right now children’s COVID vaccine rates are very low in most states, regardless of politics/culture.